The Italian Almanac

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Italian News - June 10

An Italian prosecutor asked a military judge Thursday to sentence 10 former members of the Nazi SS to life in prison for their alleged role in a 1944 massacre in northern Italy, a defense lawyer said. Prosecutor Marco De Paolis made the request during closing arguments at the trial in La Spezia, a city on the country's west coast.

In August 1944, about 300 SS troops surrounded the Tuscan village of Sant'Anna di Stazzema, ostensibly to hunt for partisans. Instead they rounded up and shot villagers, according to survivors. Others were herded into basements and other enclosed spaces and killed with hand grenades. Historical documents are not clear on the precise number killed, but the most commonly cited number is 560.

The defendants are being tried in absentia and are believed to be in Germany.