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