The Colosseum will be lit up tonight, Friday 15 June, in memory of the victims of Nazism in the capital. The illumination remembers in particular the massacre of some 335 Italian civilians that took place at Fosse Ardeatine on 24 March 1944 by occupying forces in retaliation to a bombing that killed 32 Germans the previous day. Nazi officials ordered ten Italians to die for every German killed. The gesture of solidarity towards relatives of the victims has been organized by the National Association of Families of Italian Martyrs who died for their country and for freedom (Anfim) following a law court decision to allow the 93-year-old ex-captain of the Nazi SS paramilitary, Erich Priebke, to leave house arrest in order to work for his lawyer. Priebke, who was among those responsible for the massacre at Fosse Ardeatine, was extradited from Argentina (where he had fled at the end of the second world war) to Italy in 1995 and was given a life sentence for war crimes in 1998, although due to his advanced age he is permitted to serve this under house arrest.
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