A 91-year-old German man, accused of a Nazi war crime, is set to be sentenced by a court in Munich today. Former infantry commander Josef Scheungraber denies ordering the killing of 14 Italian civilians in a village in Tuscany in 1944.
Since World War Two, Scheungraber has led an unremarkable life in Bavaria as a respected member of the community. But, at the opening of his trial last September, it was claimed the retired shopkeeper was behind a Nazi atrocity in the village of Falzano. It is claimed his soldiers shot dead a 74-year-old woman and three men before forcing other civilians into a farmhouse and blowing it up. Scheungraber has already been sentenced in absentia by an Italian military tribunal to life imprisonment.