UN Court Ruling Assures Impunity for Nazi War Crimes

Posted by John Rosenthal

In a decision that has been little noted by the American news media – and misreported by those news outlets that reported it at all — the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled last Friday that Germany enjoys immunity from liability for crimes committed by German forces on foreign soil during WWII. The ruling stems from several recent cases in which Italian courts ruled that Germany must pay indemnities to Italian victims of Nazi war crimes or surviving family members. The most sensational of the cases involves the Civitella Massacre, so-named for the village in Tuscany that was at the center of a series of indiscriminate “reprisal actions” undertaken by German forces on June 29, 1944.


Santa Maria Church, after the Civitella Massacre
(source: Imperial War Museum)

For details and background, see my new article on PJMedia here.

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