ADL WELCOMES ARGENTINA'S EXTRADITION OF FORMER NAZI
TO STAND TRIAL IN ITALY FOR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
New York, NY, May 5, 1995...The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed the action
by the Argentinean government to extradite a former Nazi who admitted participation
in the massacre of Italian citizens in World War II.
Erich Priebke, a former SS captain living in Argentina for 47 years had
been charged with crimes against humanity and homicide by the Italian government
for his involvement in the 1944 massacre of 335 people, including Jews and
"Just last week in Buenos Aires we asked President Menem to expedite
the Priebke case and were assured that it would be done," said Abraham
H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "This
action has special meaning as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the
defeat of the Nazis. It is a loud and clear message to those still living
who bear responsibility for Nazi atrocities that they too can be brought to justice."
Foxman and an ADL leadership delegation were in Buenos Aires to urge immediate
action in the Priebke case, as well as to meet with government officials
on the issue of terrorism.
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