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Italy - Jews Protest In Rome As Nazi War Criminal Celebrates 100th Birthday

Published on: July 29, 2013 10:36 AM
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People argue with the police during a protest against convicted former Nazi SS captain Erich Priebke in front of his residence in Rome July 29, 2013. Priebke, who is serving a life sentence under house arrest, celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday. REUTERS/Yara Nardi   People argue with the police during a protest against convicted former Nazi SS captain Erich Priebke in front of his residence in Rome July 29, 2013. Priebke, who is serving a life sentence under house arrest, celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday. REUTERS/Yara Nardi  

Rome, Italy - Dozens of demonstrators, including members of Rome’s Jewish community, protested outside the apartment building where the former SS officer responsible for one of Italy’s worst wartime massacres celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday.

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Erich Priebke, a former SS captain, lives under house arrest in the Italian capital after being sentenced to life imprisonment in 1998 for the massacre in the Ardeatine Caves near Rome where 335 civilians were killed in March 1944.

There were brief scuffles as a man identified as Priebke’s grandson arrived with a bottle of champagne and demonstrators jostled him with cries of “Shame!” and “Disgrace!”.

“It’s a provocation! Arriving with a bottle of champagne!” one demonstrator shouted.

Almost 70 years since the end of World War Two, Italy’s wartime past is still deeply divisive in a country which came close to civil war when the fascist dictatorship of Benito Mussolini collapsed in 1943.

Tensions around the birthday of Priebke, who has never expressed remorse for his actions, were heightened by reports of posters put up nearby hailing the former Nazi officer.

“Happy Birthday Captain Priebke” read one poster signed by a group calling itself the Militant Community of Tiburtina (a Rome neighborhood), the daily Corriere della Sera daily reported.

ANPI, the national association representing former wartime partisans, said its headquarters had been scrawled with swastikas and comments supporting Priebke. Similar graffiti was seen elsewhere, Italian newspapers said.

In March 1944, Priebke was in charge of SS troops who executed the 335 people in retaliation for the killing of 33 German soldiers by a partisan group near Rome.

After the war he escaped to Argentina but was deported to Italy after he was interviewed on U.S. television and admitted his role in the massacre which he said was conducted against “terrorists”.


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 Jul 29, 2013 at 11:55 AM Realist Says:

No biggie. See dev. 7:10

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 12:33 PM Aher2012 Says:

Can anyone tell me what good deeds earned him this kind of arichas yomim??

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 03:09 PM sheepheadsbayyid Says:

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Aher2012 Says:

Can anyone tell me what good deeds earned him this kind of arichas yomim??

there are many more like him trying to figure out why is a fools game

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 03:11 PM AlbertEinstein Says:

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Aher2012 Says:

Can anyone tell me what good deeds earned him this kind of arichas yomim??

Other way around. He is being rewarded royally in this world for the few good deeds he did. His slate will be as black as night in the next world, when he'll get his true "reward."

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 03:15 PM Wise-Guy Says:

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Aher2012 Says:

Can anyone tell me what good deeds earned him this kind of arichas yomim??

At some point in his youth, he helped a little old Jewish lady cross the street.
Or maybe something(s) like that.
Perhaps he honored his parents. Who knows? Who cares?

G-D repays evil-doers goodness in this world for whatever merit they may have.
Then they go "upstairs" and begin an eternity of suffering.
(according to the Talmud.)

Note: Usually they do also suffer some measure of punishment in this world as well.)

On the flip-side, righteous and worthy people often suffer in this world for the "no-no's" they may have committed. Then they arrive "upstairs" with a clean record and begin an eternity of ecstasy.

This also explains why so many of the righteous gentiles that saved many Jews have sometimes died in miserable conditions.
e.g. Wallenberg, Sugihara and, to some degree, Schindler.

The system works! albeit it can be very mysterious at times....

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 03:19 PM I_Am_Me Says:

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Aher2012 Says:

Can anyone tell me what good deeds earned him this kind of arichas yomim??

Very good question! My dad, who helped keep many yiden religious died at half his age & this mamzer who killed at least 335 Jews is still alive! How is that justice?!

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