Priebke refused to repudiate Nazi past in last testament
War criminal 'never repented'11 October, 19:06
Priebke was serving a life sentence under house arrest for his part in a 1944 reprisal at a quarry known as the Ardeatine Caves outside Rome that killed 335 men and boys including 75 Jews.
The atrocity, ordered by Hitler a day after 33 SS policemen from the northern Italian German-speaking city of Bolzano were killed by a partisan bomb in Rome, was one of the worst war crimes in Italy in the Second World War. "Loyalty to the past is something that is linked to our convictions," Priebke said in an interview-last testament.
"It's my way of seeing the world, my ideals, what was the world view for us Germans and is still linked to a sense of self love and honour.
"Politics is another issue. National socialism disappeared after the defeat and today it would not have any chance of returning". Priebke's lawyer Paolo Giachini said the war criminal will be buried in Argentina, where he was tracked down in 1994. "I can't say I'll cry. A murderer who killed more people than a serial killer, who never repented what he did and lived for a long time very happily, has died," said Francesco Polcaro, the head of the Rome branch of the National association of Italian Partisans (ANPI).