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La Repubblica - Italy | Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Nazi war criminal Priebke deserves burial

The funeral service of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke, who died at the age of 100 in Rome, had to be called off on Tuesday after clashes between anti-fascists and right-wing extremists in the Italian commune of Albano Laziale where the service was to be held. The mass had been organised by the ultra-conservative Society of St. Pius X after Rome, Germany and Argentina refused to bury the remains of the war criminal. This refusal is completely absurd in the eyes of the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: "Burying the enemy - like saving shipwrecked persons or helping widows and orphans - is an imperative that has its roots in a thousand-year civilisation that transcends any legal system. ... Burying the enemy is neither amnesia nor amnesty. The simple suspicion renders us suspicious. Because this would mean that for us, buried and forgotten are one and the same thing. And that too is dreadful."

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