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October 18, 2013 10:23 am

Family of Dead Nazi War Criminal Priebke Say His Body Has Gone Missing

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The family of a Nazi war criminal whose funeral has been at the center of much global controversy say his corpse has gone missing.

Family lawyer Paolo Giachini said he and the former SS captain’s family lost track of Erich Priebke’s casket on Tuesday night, when they tried to hold a funeral Mass for him in a church compound south of Rome.

The former SS officer died last week at the age of 100 in Rome, where he spent his latter days under house arrest for his role in a wartime massacre that left 335 Italian civilians dead.

After much debate, and the refusal by Argentina, where he had spent 50 years of his life, to take his body, as well as the Vatican declining him funeral rights, a fringe Catholic group in Italy said it would give Priebke a funeral.

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However, angry residents of Albano Laziale objected to the ceremony being held in the town, which is 20 km from the caves on the outskirts of Rome where the massacre was carried out.

“There was an abduction of the body by about 30 people, police or intelligence services, and they beat up four people who were holding a vigil,” Priebke family lawyer Giachini was quoted by Reuters as saying. “Tell us where the body of Erich Priebke is. His children have asked me to get it back.”

A Rome police spokesman said the body had to be moved because of concerns about public order.

“The police did their duty,” Maurizio Scandale said. “We took it and moved it somewhere else. We did not steal it.”

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  • Fortune

    HOPEFULLY HIS BODY WAS TAKEN TO A DESERT AND BURNED AND THEN HIS BONES DESTROYED. I WOULDN’T EVEN GIVE THEM TO A DOG.

    HIS FAMILY HAS NO RIGHT TO HIS BODY. THEY SPENT ALL THESE YEARS GIVING HIM SYMPATHY AND PROTECTION.

  • Sandy Brown

    Oh yes I believe that. NOT. They have hidden it somewhere so nobody burns it into little bits for the birds to eat. I would have left it for the birds too.

  • James Crozier

    bin Laden is buried at sea. Why not this criminal as well?

    • Kris Kristian

      His body could be used to feed sharks. At least he would have done some good in his death.
      But he should never be buried anywhere on Earth.

  • Aurora Aronsson

    Oh come on!
    This is B.S. from THREE DAYS AGO, spread by the NEO-NAZI ACTIVIST and former lawyer of the nazi butcher (former lawyer since BY LAW his mandate expired with his client’s death).
    The body has never left the air force base where it was transferred.

  • aall55

    Never too late to humiliate this Nazi.

  • Otto Waldmann in Sydney

    Sic transit semper human garbage.
    Way to go !!!

    Interesting that the Vatican refused the funerals.

    • Efram Paul

      Actually, with the new pope, I am not surprised at all, but very gratified.

  • Linda Weiss Rose

    Sic Semper Tyranus!!!!!!

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