• Short Summary

    IT HAPPENED ??? IN THIS STREET, VIA RASELLA, THIRTY YEARS AGOU ??? WORLD WAR TWO-?

  • Description

    IT HAPPENED ??? IN THIS STREET, VIA RASELLA, THIRTY YEARS AGOU ??? WORLD WAR TWO- AS A COLUMN OF GERMAN SS TROOFS MARCHED BY, ITALIAN PARTISANS EXPLOOED A BOMB. THRITY-TWC GERMANS WERE KILLED. THE MOVIE, CALLED "MASSACRE IN ROME", RECREATED THE ATTACK:
    THE HAZIS REACTED SHIFTLY. THEY ASSEMBLED MORE THAN TKREE HUNDRED CIVILIAN PRISONERS - MEN AND BOYS - SOME WERE COWVICITED PARTISANS, SOME PETTY CRIMINALS, SOME JEWS, NONE HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE ATTACK IN VIA RASELLA. THE GERMANS TOOK THEM TO A NETWORK OF CAVES SOUTH OF ROME AND SYSTEMATICALLY EXECUTED THEM.

    TODAY THE CAVES ARE A NATIONAL MEMORIAL. THE MOVIE HAS REVIVED MEMORIES OF THE MASSACRE. IT HAS ALSO RAISED AGAIN THE QUESTION OF WHETHER POPE PIUS THE TWELFTH KNEW THAT THE GERMANS PLANNED A SEPRISAL, AND WHETHER HE COULD HAVE DONE ANYTHING TO PREVENT IT. THE MOVIE SUGGESTED THAT THE POPE KNEW AND DID NOTHING:
    THE VATICAN HAS CALLED THE CHARGE THAT THE POPE KNEW AND REFUSED TO ACT A SLANDERO
    IN THE MGVIE A REPRESENTATIVE OF POPE PIUS TELLS A PRIEST WHO IS A FICTIONAL CHARACTER THE POPE'S ANSWER:
    THE MAN WHO SUPERVISED THE EXECUTIONS, LIEUTENANT COLONEL HERBERT KAPPLER, WAS TRIED AND SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON. HE'S KEPT IN AN OLD NORMAN FORTESS MORTH OF HAPLES. KAPPLER HAS SAID HE WAS ONLY FOLLOMING ORDERS. HE'S SAID HE DOESN'T KNOW WHETHER POPE PIUS HAD ADVANCE WARNING OF THE REPRISAL.

    ROBERT KATZ, THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK AND SOREENPLAY, SAID HIS EVEIDENCE THAT THE POPE KNEW WAS LARGELY CIRCUMSTANTIAL.

    THE PROSECUTOR IN THE LAWSUIT HAS SAID THAT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME AN ITALIAN COURT WILL PAST JUDGEMENT ON THE ACTIONS OF A POPE, EVEN SO, IT WILL NOT SETTLE THE BROADER CONTROVERSY OF WHY POPE PIUS DID NOT SPEAK OUT AGAINST OTHER NAZI ATROCITIES THROUGHOUT EUROPE DURING WORLD WAR TWO.

    CHARLES QUINN, NBC NEWS, ROME.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABQBVNUHKZYMFQLGK493GJ4TQ7
    Media URN:
    VLVABQBVNUHKZYMFQLGK493GJ4TQ7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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