Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

'Germany may reopen probe into Nazi massacre in Italy'

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Rome, April 12 - German authorities may reopen an
investigation into Nazi soldiers who allegedly massacred 560
civilians in a Tuscan village in 1944, German media reported
Friday.
Der Spiegel's online edition says a new investigation may
be launched following a study by Italian-German historian Carlo
Gentile, who has unearthed some weaknesses in the work that was
carried out by German prosecutors.
In October, German magistrates decided to spike the case
against the surviving Nazi soldiers accused of participating in
the World War II massacre, which included 116 children, in the
Tuscan village of Sant'Anna di Stazzema, near Lucca.
Amid a national outcry, Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano spoke out against the German court's ruling, calling
it "disturbing".
In its own investigation and trial, the Italian military
court condemned 10 of the ex-Nazi officers to life in prison in
absentia, including eight who remain alive.
Germany refused to grant Italy's request for the men's
arrest.
Only three former Nazis have ever been jailed in Italy
for war crimes.
Erich Priebke, 99, was extradited from Argentina in 1995
and sentenced to life for his part in a 1944 reprisal outside
Rome that killed 335 men and boys including many Jews; his
ex-commander Karl Hass, arrested after coming from Switzerland
to Priebke's trial with witness immunity, died in prison aged 92
in 2004; and 'Butcher of Bolzano' Michael Seifert, found guilty
of 18 murders, was extradited from Canada to serve life in 2008
and died in jail aged 86 in 2010.
Priebke is now under house arrest in Rome. He had a work
permit revoked in 2007 after an outcry from the city's Jewish
community.
Italian prosecutors have issued European arrest warrants
for 15 other German former soldiers without success.
Under the terms of a postwar settlement, Germany is not
required to extradite alleged war criminals to Italy.
The two countries agreed in 2008 to review outstanding
wartime issues including the compensation for victims.

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