Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke dies in Italy

By Agence France-Presse
Friday, October 11, 2013 10:24 EDT
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Former German SS officer Erich Priebke, seen at the a Rome military justice court (AFP)
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Former SS captain Erich Priebke, one of the last Nazi war criminals still alive, who turned 100 years old in July, died Friday in Rome, Italian media reported.

Priebke, who was sentenced to life in prison in 1998 for his role in a massacre at Rome’s Ardeatine caves in March 1944, spent the last few years under house arrest at his lawyer’s Rome apartment.

The media reported that Priebke, who never expressed remorse for the massacre which left 335 people dead, including 75 Jews, had left “a written interview and a video as a human and political will and testament.”

The massacre victims were executed with a bullet to the neck, killed by the Nazis in retaliation for an attack by the resistance movement on SS soldiers.

The former officer had been arrested in 1994 after fleeing to Argentina at the end of World War II. He had lived there for more than 40 years before being extradited to Italy in 1995.

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