Former SS Officers Sentenced for Marzabotto Massacre
An Italian military court in La Spezia, Italy, in February 2007 sentenced, in absentia, the ten SS officers involved in the Marzabotto massacre, to life imprisonment and ordered they pay compensation of €100 million to the survivors and relatives of the victims of the massacre. A further seven accused were acquitted.
Those condemned by the court were Paul Albers (88), Josef Baumann (82), Hubert Bichler (87), Max Roithmeier (85), Max Schneider (81), Heinz Fritz Traeger (84), Georg Wache (86), Helmut Wulf (84), Adolf Schneider (87) and Kurt Spieler (81).
Commenting on the verdict, a member of the Association of the Relatives of the Marzabotto Victims said, “Justice has prevailed at last. We waited for decades for this verdict.”
Ferruccio Laffi, who lost 14 relatives in the massacre, said after the verdict was announced, “Justice was carried out—at least a little bit.”