Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
STAZZEMA (LUCCA)

Swastikas found at site of Tuscan Nazi massacre

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Stazzema (Lucca), August 13 - Twenty five swastikas
were found painted along the walls of a road in the Tuscan town
of Sant'Anna di Stazzema near Lucca where Nazi troops killed 560
people, mostly children, women and elderly residents, on August
12, 1944, local daily Il Tirreno reported on Tuesday.
Investigators believe the swastikas were painted a few days
ago ahead of a ceremony held on Monday to commemorate the
victims with Education Minister Maria Chiara Carrozza.
Eye witnesses helped police identify the culprit who was
said to be a local man "with problems". Police said his act was
"not political".
Four companies of SS troops killed almost all children in
the Tuscan village, overall 560 people, between 7 and 10 am on
August 12, 1944.
The youngest victim, Anna Pardini, was 20 days old while
another victim, Evelina Berretti, was shot dead while she was in
labour, her baby pulled from her womb and killed.
The Stazzema slaughter of civilians by Nazi troops is
considered one of the worst in Italy during World War II.
It was part of the backdrop to Spike Lee's 2008 film about
black US soldiers, Miracle at St. Anna.

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