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Victims of Wwii Anti-fascists Honored

A plaque honoring the victims of anti-fascist partisans from World War II was displayed this week on the Roman street where a partisan commando killed 33 German soldiers on March 23, 1944.

But police removed the plaque after an anonymous caller told an Italian news agency that an extreme right-wing group – knows as the Political Movement – had put it up Monday night.

The plaque, which called the partisans “vile assassins,” was dedicated to “the fallen civilian and military victims of the anti-fascist partisan slaughter.”

The March 23 attack led to the Nazi mass execution the next day of 335 men and boys, including 75 Jews, at the Ardeatine Caves south of Rome.

The reprisal mass killing is considered Italy’s worst World War II atrocity.

Former SS Capt. Erich Priebke was extradited from Argentina to Rome in November and is awaiting trial for his part in the massacre.

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