ROME — Nazi war criminal Walter Reder, who had been serving a life term for the massacre of at least 600 men, women and children in 1944, was freed by the Italian government today and flown to his native Austria.
He was the last major war criminal held in an Italian jail.
In Vienna, a Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed that Reder is in Austria but declined to give his location, saying, "He doesn't want to be contacted."
Reder, 69, had been serving a life term in the fortress at Gaeta for the massacre in mountain villages between Bologna and Florence in August and September, 1944.
Although the Bologna court that sentenced him in 1951 found him guilty of "around 600" murders, officials in the mountain village of Marzabotto have always put the figure at 1,830 victims.