Nazi War Criminal Priebke to Be Buried at Secret Location

Was serving a life sentence for his role in murdering 335 civilians during World War II when he died on October 11, sparking protests against a funeral.

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A Nazi war criminal who died in Italy last week will be buried at a secret location abroad, his lawyer has said.

Erich Priebke was serving a life sentence for his role in the murder of 335 civilians near Rome during World War II when he died, aged 100, on October 11, sparking protests against his possible burial in Italy.

The ANSA news agency quoted his lawyer, Paolo Giachini, as saying that the decision about Priebke's final resting place would be decided "between Germany and Italy," giving no further details.

A funeral near Rome on Tuesday was disrupted by protests. His body was kept at an Italian air force base after Argentina, where he had lived until his extradition in 1995, refused to provide burial.

There have been reports that he might be buried in his native Germany, where some feared his burial site would become a shrine for neo-Nazis.

An ultra-traditionalist Catholic group known as the Society of Saint Pius X held a funeral ceremony for the former SS captain, who had admitted to shooting two of the 335 civilians shot massacred by the Nazis in 1944 on the outskirts of Rome.

The executions were thought to have been ordered by Adolf Hitler in response to the killing by Italian resistance fighters of 33 German soldiers a day earlier.

Priebke remained faithful to Nazi ideology until the end, and - in a seven-page interview publicized posthumously - admitted that Jews were persecuted by Germans, but denied the existence of the gas chambers.

Demonstrators hold up a sheet with writing reading in Italian 'Priebke murderer' outside the Society of St. Pius X, a schismatic Catholic group, where Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke funeral was held.Credit: AP

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