ADL WELCOMES CONVICTION AND SENTENCE OF FORMER NAZI SS
CAPTAIN FOR HIS ROLE IN 1944 MASSACRE
New York, NY, July 22, 1997... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today
said justice was finally served by an Italian military tribunal's conviction
and sentence of 15 years imprisonment for former Nazi SS captain Erich Priebke
for his key role in the 1944 Ardeatine Caves massacre in which 335 innocent
civilians, including 75 Jews, were executed.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director issued the following statement:
We are pleased that justice has finally been served in the case of this
tragic wartime massacre. After Italian partisans killed 33 Nazi soldiers
in a resistance bombing in 1944, Erich Priebke under Nazi orders compiled
and checked a list of Jews to be killed as reprisal victims. Ten people
were selected for every Nazi killed, plus five others -- and each of those
innocent victims was brutally executed in Rome's Ardeatine Caves. Priebke
himself has admitted to personally having killed "two or three"of
Although the prosecution had been seeking life imprisonment for Priebke,
we are satisfied with the 15 year sentence in consideration of Priebke's
advanced age and deteriorating health. The key point is that this a war
criminal has been brought to trial and is finally being held accountable
for his actions.
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