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Massacre In Rome / Ardeatine Caves / World War II #475777

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Mar 24, 1974
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(Studio) Controversial new film, "Massacre in Rome", comes under attack from Vatican; niece of Pope Pius XII brings lawsuit against producers.
REPORTER: Douglas Kiker

(Rome, Italy) In Roman street, Via Rasella, controversial matter occurred 30 years ago. "Massacre in Rome" recreates attack by Italian partisans on German troops. Nazis reacted swiftly by executing Italian boys and men in revenge. Movie suggests Pope Pius XII knew of German reprisal and did nothing. Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Kappler supervised executions and was tried and sentenced to life in prison. Kappler's version of reprisal outlined. [Author of "Massacre in Rome", Robert KATZ - admits his evidence of Pope's knowledge of German reprisal largely circumstantial. Thinks Pope acted out of policies widespread during World War II; details given.] Vatican welcomes suit; denies Pope Pius knew of reprisal in advance.
REPORTER: Charles Quinn

(Studio) Testimony to be heard in Italian court beginning Tuesday
REPORTER: Douglas Kiker

Kiker, Douglas;
Quinn, Charles

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