You can read all about it in the petition below, written by a young Finnish man.
I realise that this is not related to the allegations of a "holocaust", but it ought to be brought to attention and spoken about widely!
PETITION FOR ERICH PRIEBKE´S FREEDOM
A German SS-officer, Erich Priebke, had been captured in an Italian prison
Regina Coel and since that he has been in house-arrest, without any sort of
human rights - 13 years.Hauptsturmführer Erich Priebke was condemned
of a "crime" when he served as a legal German army officer, true to his oath
he had given for the Deutschen Reich. As a soldier he followed the orders,
according to the legal rights under the reign of martial law.
So did - and still do - the soldiers of other countries in combat. But Erich
Priebke's crime was that he was on the opponent side to the winning forces of
war, on the side of the defeated. None of the winners had ever been punished,
although they did the same, and even more, what in Priebke's case, since
defeated, was regarded as a crime - not by justice, but by hateful revenge.
In March 1944, Marshall Kesselring ordered the so called retaliation of
Ardeatine and punished the criminals who committed a terrorist strike
against German soldiers. Marshall Kesselring was not punished after the war,
neither were other. But most of all: Remember honestly and seriously what
happens right now in our days in the name of "war against terror"!
It is pure injustice and nothing but a hateful shame and a disgrace for any
civilised nation to punish only one soldier of a "crime" and keep him as a
prisoner - now, that it's been 61 years since the end of war, now, that this
brave and truthful man is turning 93 years old! We still have to remember
that Hauptsturmführer Erich Priebke did nothing but follow his given orders,
which again followed the laws of the Deutsche Reich as well as they followed
the international martial law.
After the war Erich Priebke moved to Argentina, where he lived with his wife
and children honourable and honest life. After 50 years he was deported to Italy.
Hauptsturmführer Erich Priebke never denied his part in Ardeatine, but take
it on consider, he acted as a soldier when he filled the orders, and he
acted according the proven rights by martial law. Erich Priebke is still a
prisoner of war by the allied forces; He is Europe's last prisoner of war
and Europe's oldest prisoner.
It is unreasonable and a cultural disgrace to keep some 93 years old man as
prisoner and stop having him a possibility for honourable life. Most of all
it is a shame for Italy, as far as Italy regards itself as a civilised country.
Remember how many German soldiers shed their blood and sacrificed
their young lives fearless and bravely not for Germany, but for the
interests and for the sake of Italy, which got itself in trouble in Africa
and the Balkans - and Germans died there one by one for Italy! Now Italy
displays it's very special style of honour and thanks by keeping a 93 years
old German soldier in captivity, more than 60 years after the war. Is this
really the true face of the nation which is considered heir of the great
Romans the world admires for culture and style?
As a young, 20 year old Finn, I'm fully aware that also my country got help
from Germany, from the Wehrmacht and it's soldiers, when it was in heavy
troubles, in danger for it's existence and the lives of our people. And just like
Italy we eventually became "enemy" which Germany, but only by terms a weird
and wicked twist in the fates of war and politics brought along.
Still it is not forgotten and never will be that Germany stood bravely and true
on our side, scarifying their young soldiers' lives, when Finland was in trouble.
Unlike Italy, Finland never would sink that low, keeping a German soldier in
captivity, one of them who risked their lives for ours and who'd done nothing
that was not legalised by military orders and by martial law.
And never forget that the political tables of the world may turn quickly and
thoroughly at any time soon. What if all the Italian soldiers who took part
in the invasion and military operations against Iraq will be brought to court
and are going to be sentenced as war criminals? Since now we know that
the war against Iraq was based on pure lies and therefore was and is a solid
war crime. That also means: unlike Erich Priebke this Italian soldiers were
not legalised neither by martial law nor by any other international law.
Think of that!
I hope this petition affects you in the way that you are willing to have an
influence for Erich Priebke's freedom and returning his honour. Remember
that this man is going to turn 93 years old on July 29th - to see Erich
Priebke set free by this day would most of all and after all turn out a
benefit for the sake of Italy which otherwise surely is going to have a
certain stain on it whenever the eyes of history look back onto our times.
The hateful injustice against a 93 (!) year old man who'd done nothing but
follow his given orders - just like all proper soldiers did and do anywhere
at any time, also Italians - according the rights of martial law, and even
over 60 years ago now, this injustice might please very few hateful but
influential minds somewhere in the backgrounds now, but it surely will turn
out a remaining shame for Italy in the countless eyes of all oncoming
A friend of Erich Priebke,
H. E. H.
7th of June in 2006
https://k0nsl.org/blog/detox/petition-f ... s-freedom/
Where are all those "human rights organisations" everly so present when an obvious injustice takes place, where are they for Erich Priebke?? They are no where to be found.
It sickens me as a human to learn of this injustice against an aged, honorable man who did nothing but his sworn duty.