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Former Nazi officer behind one of Italy's worst wartime massacres dies at 100

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Former Nazi officer behind one of Italy's worst wartime massacres dies at 100

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A former German SS officer who took part in one of Italy’s worst wartime massacres, has died at the age of 100.

Erich Priebke, was extradited from Argentina and convicted in Italy in 1998 for his role in the WWII slaughter at Rome’s Ardeatine Caves.

335 Italians were executed in reprisal for a bomb attack that killed 33 German soldiers in Rome the day before.

The victims included 75 Jews, the youngest of which was a 15-year-old boy.

Priebk admitted to helping draw up a list of victims, ticking their names off when they were killed, and to shooting two of them.

He was allowed to serve his life sentence under house arrest because of his age and poor health, but he enraged families of the victims by walking freely around Rome.

Priebk never apologised for his part in the killings.