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Italy - Nazi War Criminal Convicted of Killing 335 Jews Allowed Out On Shopping Trips

Published on: October 5, 2010 04:01 PM
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 Erich Priebke shopping in a supermarket near his home in Rome  Photo: EPA  Erich Priebke shopping in a supermarket near his home in Rome Photo: EPA

Italy - A convicted Nazi war criminal serving a life sentence for the massacre of hundreds of civilians outside Rome during the Second World War has been allowed out on shopping trips, sparking anger in Italy.

Erich Priebke, 97, a former captain in the SS, is serving the sentence under house arrest near Rome for his part in the murder of 335 Jews, partisans and prisoners of war in March 1944 at the Ardeatine Caves, on the outskirts of the city. He was extradited to Italy in 1995 after being found working as a teacher in Argentina.

The massacre was ordered by Hitler as a reprisal for a bomb attack carried out by partisans on a German patrol the previous day in central Rome.

After images appeared on YouTube showing Priebke shopping in a supermarket, his lawyer confirmed that the former SS officer had been regularly venturing out of his home for the last year.

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He was given permission to carry out “essential errands” by the same military tribunal in Rome that found him guilty of war crimes and sentenced him to life imprisonment in 1998.

He now has to give local police 36 hours’ notice if he wants to leave his home and is accompanied by officers at all times, even in church when he attends Mass.

A member of the former Nazi’s legal team, Giosuè Bruno Naso, told Corriere della Sera that “not even in Communist China are there prisoners as old as him.”

But the show of clemency was criticised by Jewish groups.

Riccardo Pacifici, the head of the Jewish community in Rome, condemned what he called “a ridiculous farce with regards to the application of law in our country”.


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 Oct 05, 2010 at 04:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Why? didn't the nazi's YM"S let the jews out regularly to go shopping and to visit

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 Oct 05, 2010 at 05:18 PM harvey Says:

i dunno how he eats, he should be so nauseated by himself

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 Oct 05, 2010 at 06:07 PM HaNavon Says:

Maybe his shopping trip can also double as a trip of hide and seek!

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 Oct 05, 2010 at 06:11 PM fornally Says:

A member of the former Nazi’s legal team, Giosuè Bruno Naso, told Corriere della Sera that “not even in Communist China are there prisoners as old as him.”

stupid comment, in china they wouldn't not last that long.

also this guy gut went to prison and has not paid for his crimes .

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 Oct 06, 2010 at 03:33 AM HaNavon Says:

#4,

Your comments about China are incorrect.
I used to live in Guangzhou, and I can tell you that there are lifetime prisoners there.
The stories about the "meat wagon" aren't true, except in the few cases in which the criminals are so abhorrent that they are killed and their bodies then belong to the people, so their organs are harvested.
Most criminals are not killed or harvested.

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