Italian judge indicts two ex-Nazis for massacre

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5 July 2005, LA SPEZIA, ITALY - A military court in the northern Italian city of La Spezia on Tuesday indicted two German nationals for their role in the wartime massacre of Marzabotto, considered the largest massacre of civilians by the Nazis during their World War II occupation of Italy.

5 July 2005

LA SPEZIA, ITALY - A military court in the northern Italian city of La Spezia on Tuesday indicted two German nationals for their role in the wartime massacre of Marzabotto, considered the largest massacre of civilians by the Nazis during their World War II occupation of Italy.

Alfred Piepenschneider and Franz Stockinger, 84 and 79 years old respectively, are to face murder charges in a trial scheduled to begin on December 1, the Ansa news agency reported.

The two are likely to be joined by several other defendants whose judicial position is still being analysed by magistrates.

The Marzabotto massacre, which took place between September 29 and 30, 1944, in a village near Bologna, left nearly 800 Italians dead.

The slaughter, which also involved some 200 children and the local priest, came as a response to clashes between Italian resistance fighters and German troops.

On June 22, the La Spezia court handed down life sentences to 10 former Nazi officers found guilty of taking part in another wartime massacre near Florence that left 560 civilians dead.

Most of the evidence backing the prosecution only emerged after wartime archives were reopened a few years ago.

DPA

Subject: German news

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