An Italian Court justified the victims’ relatives of the Nazi atrocities in Distomo with a historical decision, opening the way to the deposit of Germany’s compensation.
According to latest reports, the Supreme Court of Italy dismissed the application lodged by Germany, on a favourable decision of the Appeal of Florence.
In 2007, the Appeal of Florence judged that Germany’s real estate property located in Italian territory, could be confiscated to compensate the relatives of the executed victims.
The case has been transferred to the International Court of Hague, on appeal by Germany, while the Greek state has already sent the facts to the Hague supporting the claims of the relatives of victims in Distomo.
While Italy justified Distomo’s residents, German citizens gathered at the Embassy of Germany in Kolonaki asking for the deposit of Germany’s compensation in Greece. However, the German Ambassador in Athens stressed that Germany recognises only the moral side of the massacre in Distomo.
One of the biggest massacres of civilians took place in Distomo of Viotia, during the 2nd World War by the German occupying forces.
The number of executed civilians was 228, among which 117 were women, 111 men, and 53 children under 16.
The testimony of the Swiss envoy of the International Red Cross George Wehrly who arrived in Distomo a few days later, talked about 600 deaths in the region.