War criminal Priebke dies in Rome
1944 Ardeatine Caves massacre killed 335 men and boys11 October, 15:54
(ANSA) - Rome, October 11 - Former SS officer and war criminal Erich Priebke died at his Rome home aged 100 Friday. Priebke was serving a life sentence 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. Priebke, found by an ABC journalist enjoying retirement after openly working as a teacher in Argentina in 1994 and extradited to Italy the following year, was sentenced to jail in 1998 but released to house arrest because of health reasons in 2003.
Rome's Jewish community protested when he got a day job as a translator in 2007, quickly revoked, and when he had his 100th birthday party in July.