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World War II / Italian Atrocities / Reder #535151

NBC Evening News for Friday, Dec 28, 1984
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(Studio) German 55 officer Walter Reder's service in World War II at same time as Jesse Carpenter noted. Reder's effect on small town in Italy cited.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Marzabotto, Italy) German SS killing of people in Marzabotto, Italy, near Bologna in 1940s recalled. Resident Mario Cardi `s description of incident in barn noted. [CARDE - (thru interpreter) comments.] Other incidents described. Reder's part in tragedy noted; film of Reder shown. Reder's capture and sentencing cited. Former British officer Andrew Forester, who studied in Germany, said to have captured Reder. [FORESTER - comments.] Request by Catholic church that families of victims forgive Reder so he can go free, as he is in poor health, stated; details of request given. Archbishop's remarks about Christian obligation quoted. Previous such request reported turned down; similar sentiment now mentioned. [Resident Johnny CASSALINI - (thru interpreter) comments.]
REPORTER: Rick Davis

Davis, Rick;
Utley, Garrick

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