Humint Events Online: 33 of the Day: ARDEATINE CAVES MASSACRE

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


ROME (AP) — Italy on Wednesday marked the 70th anniversary of the roundup and deportation of Jews from Rome's ghetto amid turmoil over the late Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke and his Holocaust-denying final statement.
Priebke died Friday in Rome, where he was serving a life term for his role in the 1944 massacre of 335 civilians at the Ardeatine Caves outside the capital. It was one of the worst atrocities of Germany's World War II occupation of Italy.
His death unleashed a torrent of emotion because he left behind a testament in which he not only defended his actions but denied that Jews were gassed in Nazi concentration camps.

More on the cave massacre here. Seems like the Nazis were into 33...
On the following day, March 24, 1944, personnel from the headquarters of the Security Police and SD in Rome, led by SS Captain Erich Priebke and SS Captain Karl Hass, assembled 335 Italian male civilians near a series of man-made caves on the outskirts of Rome on the Via Ardeatina. The Fosse Ardeatine, or Ardeatine Caves, were the remnants of ancient Christian catacombs, and served as a convenient venue to carry out the reprisal shootings in secrecy and to conceal the bodies of the victims. Priebke and Hass had received orders to select the victims from prisoners who had already been sentenced to death; but the number of such prisoners fell well short of the 330 deaths required to meet the quota of the German reprisal plan.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"33" is like UFOs from outer space:

proof is mainly by way of theory and
often-fuzzy association/anecdote.

Why are some people so seemingly wowed out when the number 3 is part of something.

99% of high-end professionally interior designed rooms have three objects displayed on tables, and
disasters often occur in threes. A whole book was written about how things like plane crashes often occur in threes. Stand at an intersection and you'll often see
three vehicles arrive and /or depart at about the same time.

33? No big woof/

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Robert in Arabia said...

In the United States military, the lowest ranked commander who may authorize a reprisal is a general in command of a theater.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, yes, Robert, there you have it:

1. Military
2. General
3. Reprisal

Things happen in threes

9:34 PM  

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