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Jewish leader says unrepentant Priebke can't be forgiven

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Rome, October 14 - Because Nazi war criminal Erich
Priebke refused to accept responsibility and repent for his
crimes, he cannot be forgiven for his part in a Second World War
massacre, the leader of Rome's Jewish community said Monday.
"According to Jewish tradition, forgiveness is expected,"
Riccardo Pacifici said following a meeting with Prime Minister
Enrico Letta.
However, "I do not think that in recent years Priebke has
ever been repentant," and cannot be forgiven, said Pacifici,
speaking just days after the former SS officer Priebke's death
at age 100.
He noted that Priebke also did not seek forgiveness for his
role in torturing Italian Resistance fighters.
Controversy continued Monday over where to bury the former
Priebke, who never repudiated his Nazi past.
He had been serving a life sentence under house arrest in
the Italian capital for his part in a 1944 reprisal at a quarry
known as the Ardeatine Caves outside Rome that killed 335 men
and boys including 75 Jews.
The atrocity, ordered by Hitler a day after 33 SS policemen
from the northern Italian German-speaking city of Bolzano were
killed by a partisan bomb in Rome, was one of the worst war
crimes in Italy in the Second World War.
Priebke's lawyer Paolo Giachini said late last week that a
private funeral, attended only by close friends and family,
would be held in a downtown church in Rome, perhaps on Tuesday
of this week.
But Roman mayor Ignazio Marino and Catholic church
authorities quickly moved to shut down that possibility.
The Jewish Community in Rome threatened to lead street
protests if Priebke were permitted a tomb in the Italian
capital.

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