How Germans Massacred Italian Civilians at St. Anna

A clip from the movie “Miracle at St. Anna.”

From Wikipedia:

The Sant’Anna di Stazzema massacre was a World War II atrocity in the village of Sant’Anna di Stazzema, Italy. On August 12, 1944, retreating SS-men of the II Battallion of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 35 of 16th SS Panzergrenadier Division Reichsführer-SS, commanded by SS-Hauptsturmführer Anton Galler, rounded up 560 villagers and refugees — mostly women, children and older men — shot them and then burned their bodies. In the aftermath of the massacre, the village was only partially rebuilt and stands today as a memorial.

Until 2004, no one had ever been prosecuted for the massacre. In July 2004, a trial commenced before a military court in La Spezia against ten former SS officers and NCOs living in Germany. On 22 June 2005, the Italian military court found the ten former Waffen-SS members guilty of participation in the massacre. They were sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment.

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3 thoughts on “How Germans Massacred Italian Civilians at St. Anna

    1. Justice? You probably didn’t read that all convictions were in absentia and no one has been actually been executed or jailed.

  1. Well, historical justice is worth something, right? Not much compared to the pain, suffering and DEATHS of the victims but at least history will be accurate. That’s more than we can say for some countries and their atrocities committed, isn’t it? cough, cough

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