Former German lawmaker targetof Italian war crimes inquiry

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28 October 2004, LA SPEZIA - An Italian military prosecutor has accused a former member of the German parliament of participating in the killing of scores of civilians while serving as a German army officer in Italy during World War II, the newspaper Corriere della Sera reported Thursday. Klaus Konrad, 89, is suspected of playing an active role in the so-called "Massacre of San Polo", in which Nazi soldiers rounded up and murdered 61 Italians in two small towns in northern Italy as part of a reprisal again

28 October 2004

LA SPEZIA - An Italian military prosecutor has accused a former member of the German parliament of participating in the killing of scores of civilians while serving as a German army officer in Italy during World War II, the newspaper Corriere della Sera reported Thursday.

Klaus Konrad, 89, is suspected of playing an active role in the so-called "Massacre of San Polo", in which Nazi soldiers rounded up and murdered 61 Italians in two small towns in northern Italy as part of a reprisal against partisans.

The victims of the 14 July 1944, massacre reportedly included a sexually-abused pregnant woman, children and elderly people.

Italian prosecutors investigating the massacre came across Konrad's name only recently, when a series of previously ignored World War II archives were opened in Rome.

However Konrad was among a group of seven Germans accused of the crime by a German court. That investigation was shelved in 1972 due to expiry of the statute of limitations for manslaughter. Konrad is the only surviving member of the group, according to German media reports.

Konrad admitted he was involved in the torture of Italian civilians in remarks to be broadcast Thursday evening as part of a German television investigation into the massacre.

Reinhard Huebner, a prosecutor in the city of Giessen, told a local newspaper the German case would be reopened if the Italian investigation uncovered evidence of murder.

Konrad was a second lieutenant stationed in Italy. He was captured by American forces, towards the end of 1944, before returning to Germany to take an active role in politics.

He served in the lower house of the federal parliament between 1969 and 1980, according to Corriere della Serra.

Italian prosecutors were expected to ask for his indictment in the coming days, the newspaper reported.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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