Archive/File: pub/people/p/priebke.erich/press/german-embassy-knew-0895 Last-Modified: 1995/08/30 BERLIN (AP) -- The German Embassy in Argentina knew for years that alleged Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke was living in the country and kept his German passport valid so he could travel, a newspaper reported Wednesday. Priebke, 82, a former Nazi SS officer, is sought by both Italy and Germany to stand trial for his role in a World War II massacre in Rome that claimed more than 300 civilian lives. The Berliner Zeitung daily quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman in Bonn as saying that until a few years ago, Priebke was a German citizen holding a German passport that bore his real name. German prosecutors investigated Priebke's wartime activities in the 1960s but halted the proceedings in 1971, in part because his whereabouts were unknown. In an Italian television interview broadcast Wednesday, Priebke said he had traveled frequently outside Argentina since settling there in 1948. Priebke told RAI-3 he was in Italy twice, as recently as 1980, and had made numerous trips to Europe and eight trips to the United States using his own name and a German passport. ``No one ever questioned me,'' Priebke said. Three weeks ago, an Argentine appeals court overturned an order to extradite him to Italy. Prosecutors said they would appeal, and Germany reacted by saying it would move for his extradition.
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