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Jewish Community Protests Suggestion That Nazi War Criminal Be Pardoned

Rome’s Jewish community sent telegrams today to President Giuseppe Saragat and Premier Emilio Colombo protesting suggestions that a convicted Nazi war criminal now serving a life sentence in Italy should be pardoned. Similar telegrams were sent to the chairman of the Italian Senate. They referred to suggestions by some West German officials that Italy pardon Herbert Kappler, a former SS officer who was convicted in connection with the Ardeatine Caves massacre of 1944 in which 330 persons including 80 Jews were murdered by the Nazis. The telegrams said the Jewish community “rejected with indignation the possibility of the reappearance among human society of a major exponent of Nazism.”