Nazi war criminal Priebke, dubbed the 'butcher,' dies at 100
October 12, 2013 -- Updated 0043 GMT (0843 HKT)
Former SS officer Erich Priebke leaves his lawyer's office in Rome in June 2007.
- NEW: Argentina says it will not allow Priebke to be buried within its borders
- Erich Priebke was under house arrest at the time of his death
- He was sentenced to life in prison for war crimes
- He was convicted for his role in the massacre of 335 people in 1944
Rome (CNN) -- Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke, who was serving a life sentence for his role in the massacre of hundreds at Italy's Ardeatine Caves in 1944, has died, his lawyer said Friday.
Priebke, 100, spent the last years of his life under house arrest in Rome.
He left behind a video interview, lawyer Paolo Giachini said, though its contents were not immediately available.
Priebke was sentenced to life in prison by an Italian court in 1998 for helping organize the March 24, 1944, execution of 335 men and boys in retaliation for partisan attacks on German troops.
Among those said to have been killed were members of the Italian resistance movement, resistance sympathizers and Jews.
After the war, he managed to flee to Argentina, where he lived as a free man for half a century before being extradited to face trial in Italy.
Dubbed the "butcher of the Ardeatine Caves" after his extradition, Priebke long maintained he was only following orders that came directly from Berlin.
Because of his age at the time of his conviction, Priebke was allowed to serve his time under house arrest, and was even able to leave home each day to work at the office of a lawyer.
Giachini, the attorney, said there were plans for Priebke to be buried near his late wife at an undisclosed location in Argentina.
But Argentina's Foreign Ministry said Friday it will will not accept the remains.
"Foreign Minister Hector Timerman has given orders to not accept any process that will permit the body of Nazi criminal Erich Priebke access to our country," the ministry said in a post on its Twitter account.
"The Argentines will not accept this type of affront to human dignity."
CNN's Chelsea J. Carter contributed to this report.
Part of complete coverage on
December 10, 2013 -- Updated 1900 GMT (0300 HKT)
Presidents and prime ministers, celebrities and royals joined tens of thousands of South Africans to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela.
Syrian refugees fleeing into Lebanon tell CNN's Nick Paton Walsh how they stepped over dead bodies in their flight -- and now face the a biting winter.
December 11, 2013 -- Updated 1629 GMT (0029 HKT)
It looked plausible to most, but to deaf people watching the Mandela memorial -- it was all nonsense. The interpreter has been dubbed "a fake."
December 11, 2013 -- Updated 0541 GMT (1341 HKT)
They hoped for playful weekend outing in the snow. The moments of adventure dissolved into a fight for survival for the family of six.
December 11, 2013 -- Updated 1714 GMT (0114 HKT)
Yahoo's teen star Nick D'Aloisio sells the new digital future -- with vanishing content.
December 11, 2013 -- Updated 1328 GMT (2128 HKT)
Denmark's PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt made headlines when she snapped a selfie with PM David Cameron and President Barack Obama.
December 11, 2013 -- Updated 1311 GMT (2111 HKT)
Mars kits, a triple nipple baby bottle and extinct animal DNA are just some of things you'd find inside the "99¢ Store of the Future."
December 11, 2013 -- Updated 0958 GMT (1758 HKT)
They say necessity is the mother of invention. Here are 11 of the most mind-boggling inventions ever submitted to the U.S. patent office.
December 9, 2013 -- Updated 2311 GMT (0711 HKT)
Until he returned home this weekend, Merrill Newman -- an American held in North Korea -- had no idea what a story he'd become.
December 10, 2013 -- Updated 1611 GMT (0011 HKT)
The Web is set to change our lives over the next decade. This will also question the use of personal data and balancing new powers with ethics.
December 11, 2013 -- Updated 1756 GMT (0156 HKT)
Browse through images you don't always see in news reports, taken by CNN teams all around the world.
He was imprisoned for life but that did not quiet him. Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first black president, and an icon and inspiration.
Today's five most popular stories