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Germany drops probe into SS Italian massacre

The Local · 1 Oct 2012, 16:32

Published: 01 Oct 2012 16:32 GMT+02:00

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After a 10-year investigation, Stuttgart regional court said there was insufficient evidence the accused had personally taken part in the bloodbath in the Tuscan mountain village of Sant'Anna di Stazzema.

"The fact that a person belonged to a Waffen-SS unit that was deployed in Sant'Anna di Stazzema cannot replace the proof needed that an individual is guilty," the court ruled in a lengthy statement.

"In fact, for every individual person accused, it must be established that – and in what way – he was involved in the massacre," added the court.

The court also ruled it could not be proved that the massacre was a premeditated and ordered slaughter of the civilian population.

The Stuttgart court said it was not possible to establish exactly how many died in the atrocity of August 12, 1944, but noted that Italian authorities put the figure at 560 people, including 107 children under the age of 14.

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In 2005, an Italian court found that 10 members of the 16th SS Reichsführer division, including a lieutenant and nine enlisted men, were personally responsible for the massacre and sentenced them to life in absentia.


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17:33 October 1, 2012 by catjones
So the german court says there's no evidence and the Italian court says there is. Where's the news part?
19:01 October 1, 2012 by IchBinKönig
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19:50 October 1, 2012 by Hendrich Stein
No one is denying it did not happen than what individuals were responsible. Individuals, amid the endless cases perpetuated by the state.

An indictment would also reinforce war reparations that Germany still relentlessly battles in international courts. Should other nations come forward, the bill to Germany will astronomical.

Germany spent a trillion dollars to reunify East Germany with astronomical gains so it is not as if Germany is broke today. Germany exists lest thrives by the very grace of other nations.

Compensation for robbing and brutally murdering so many lives while seeking to exterminate an entire race was under the watch of a mad man who fooled its people into mania support for him, due to the economic prosperity, a prosperity we can not be led to be fooled into again, lest face isolation and its consequences.
21:19 October 1, 2012 by HHayrider
"The fact that a person belonged to a Waffen-SS unit that was deployed in Sant'Anna di Stazzema cannot replace the proof needed that an individual is guilty," the court ruled in a lengthy statement.

"In fact, for every individual person accused, it must be established that ­ and in what way ­ he was involved in the massacre," added the court.

Yet they convicted Demjanjuk because he was a conscripted guard at a concentration camp. He didnt neccessarily kill anyone directly, but was part of the unit that guarded the camp... Irony at its finest.
23:57 October 1, 2012 by wxman
You're right, HHayrider. Demjanjuk was railroaded, big time. What are these frenzied leftists going to do when the last of the NAZI (leftists) have died of old age? And when are the Communist Stalinists still alive, going to be brought to justice for killing THREE times as many innocents during the same period? Rhetorical question, of course.
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