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Criminal Negligence of the Third Reich

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Murder by Nazi negligence! How did it happen?
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(CONTINUED … ) In October 1944, Albert Speer's Nazi Todt Organization had secretly requisitioned a train of
15 railcars loaded with TNT.
Its secret purpose would be
to execute the implosion inside LA CHIUSA’s railroad tunnel after their abandonment of Mussolini’s Nazi-Fascist R.S.I.

By this time the Allies had been in Italy longer than one year, and the Adige River Valley had become the constant target of Allied aerial attacks along the Brenner road from our family’s town, Volargne, to the Brenner Pass where bomb-loads had been dropped daily.

During these raids on the Brenner Pass, Allied pilots took notice of mechanized Wehrmacht units in the vicinity of Volargne, grouped for rail-loading.

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This short 4-minute video (below) is an excellent simulation of the B25 bombing runs to the Brenner Pass by US Air Corps in 1944.  
It was produced and published by Doug Cook & Harry George Jr.  
They created it by simulating the flight directly on Google Earth imagery over a 3D-USGS base map.

What makes this video so excellent is the perfect view of the Adige River Valley as described and narrated in "The War of Lions."  The natural features (mountains and stream) have not changed since 1944. The communities, instead, are more populated and it shows the new Brenner super-highway which did not exist in 1944. 

Still, what you see in this short 4-minute video are the same communities that existed during the war, including Volargne
(totally re-built), n
earby Dolcé, and 'La Chiusa di Ceraino.'

No doubt that the 'bird's eye view' originally seen by the B25 pilots had to be almost the same as you'll see in this video.

Ever since the war's outbreak, the Perantoni family had been staying in Volargne where Carlo had kept the family's ancestral domicile since the 19th century.

Volargne is located next to the bountiful Valpolicella wine markets, conveniently situated on the Brenner Way, and had been the anchor for our wine export business since 1875.

This is where Carlo, Luigi, and Victor had often stayed during their wine-purchasing trips from Poland to Italy, but because of the war, the family had been in Volargne since 1939.

1944 was their 5th year of extended stay with no end in sight. The Perantoni family had grown to 7 members, which include the newlywed spouses of Victor and Luigi.
Two other families of relatives stayed in Carlo's tenement.

Below are three images of Volargne in the 1930's:
1) The Perantoni domicile.  2) The riverside business district.
3) Train approaching La Chiusa di Ceraino.

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In November 1944, the infamous 15 covert railcars, packed to their capacity with multiple tons of TNT, had arrived at Volargne’s railyard for delivery to Albert Speer's Nazi Engineers.

Neither the Perantoni family nor any of their fellow citizens of Volargne had knowledge of what the 15 railcars contained.  Had they known of its alarming contents they would not have slept easily.

 Sudden & utter destruction! - First of its kind.
 Nine months prior to the Atomic bomb!  


   MURDERED BY NEGLIGENCE OF NAZI ENGINEERS   

Carelessness and the imprudent disregard which Nazi Engineers held for Italian citizens had caused the sudden total destruction of our town.

The secret plan of Hitler’s Nazi Todt Organization and the negligence of their engineers caused the murder of Volargne’s school-children, with their nuns and teachers. All this happened in a single instant, while the majority of adults had been away on slave labor.

The Nazi Todt Organization blamed the disaster on an aerial attack by the US Air Corps and then reported it as a ‘military accident.’  Instead, it was murder by obvious negligence and disdain for the safety of others.

The blood of Volargne’s schoolchildren, nuns, teachers and others is on Germany's hands.  To this day Germany has not apologized.

Albert Speer had been tried at Nuremberg and received a 20-year sentence  for enforcing civilian slave labor in north-western Europe.

Volargne di Dolcé had NOT been mentioned at Nuremberg's Trials – neither for enforcing slave labor – nor for the total obliteration of our town – and not even for the murders of school children, nuns, and teachers.

Reports about the destruction of Volargne went largely unnoticed, and its records left marginalized due to the difficult final months of the war’s heightened culmination in northern Italy.

 

Who are "Hitler's Nazi Todt Engineers"?
 
Adolf Hitler considered them to be his personal organization of great (super-Aryan) engineers.  After having conquered the world, "his" plans (or fantasies) were to use Todt's Nazi Engineers to rebuild great cities – Berlin, Vienna, Rome, etc. – and he (Hitler) would be the Great Architect and Creator over all "his" works.  Accordingly, "his" Nazi Todt Engineers would continue to build for "him" even after his death – after which "his Nazi Engineers" would keep "his visions" updated and they would continue to implement "his plans" in order for "his successors" to finish rebuilding the rest of the planet for "him"
according to "his" wishes!  (Repetitions intended)
 

Read about how Adolf Hitler had furtively managed to take full control of Fritz Todt's engineers in order to achieve his military world-conquest.

Read about why Hitler put the organization into the hands of his very good friend, the ARCHITECT, ALBERT SPEER, with dreams of making it the Führer's construction service dedicated to Great Nazi Rebuilding Works.

Read about how ALBERT SPEER would prepare the "Todt Organization" for Hitler's post-war enthronement as the GREAT ARCHITECT CREATOR for their shared delusion of Aryan World Domination.

 



 THE HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF VOLARGNE'S 
 
DESTRUCTION IS WELL KNOWN LOCALLY .... 

 ... But, its historical account is largely unknown outside  
 the local region. It has been highly marginalized at most 
 levels of Italian government. In 1944 it had been ignored 
 by the world, where it continues to be unknown today
.
    

 However, the account is remembered quite well by the  
 survivors and by the descendants of Volargne di Dolcé  


 MURDERS & DESTRUCTION Swept Under The Rug 

Volargne and Dolcé were situated in the Wehrmacht's bottlenecked roadway to the Brenner Pass, between the Valpolicella wine region and the adjacent Lake Garda region, where Hitler had relocated Duce Benito Mussolini's renegade Nazi-Fascist government (the R.S.I) in the town of Saló, soon after the Allied landings.

Consequently, our region was targeted in the very 'cross-hairs' of
the final Allied offensives.
  Even newspapers and news reports had
become quite scanty and highly censured in northern Italy.

Moreover, the completely disorganized Nazi-Fascist government was falling fast during the Allied offensives – and it had completely capitulated 5-months after Volargne's destruction – all the while having given not much attention to Volargne's catastrophy.

Then, after the Nazi-Fascist surrender and the demonic murder of Benito Mussolini and top Fascist leaders, Italy had been in chaotic shambles without a central government  for 13 months.

Specifically, the Allied Military Government (A.M.C) ruled Italy for 6-months – until September 1945 – and then left the Italian people under the control of local city-governments with a national infrastructure almost similar to that of medieval Italy!  The A.M.C  left orders to hold democratic elections in June 1946 thus, the Italian state continued to remain completely de-centralized over the following 9-months.

During that period many wartime records had been destroyed and lost due to Italy’s obscure and challenging post-war politics. In short, Italy had no government until June 1946, only chaos!

Twenty months had passed from the day Volargne had been instantly obliterated to the day that Italians held elections and had established a new republic in 1946. Still even then, a very problematic period of post-war democracy had begun to rule because Italy's new multi-party republic had to struggle against a large powerful communist influence, causing a deficient government lacking control.

Proper government in Italy hadn't normalized until about 1950.

Consequently, historical accounts about Volargne's catastrophy became minimized, and rather ignored.  Some accounts referring to the destruction of Volargne have identified it as having been a result of “war bombing” – which has caused even more confusion because other historical accounts which specifically address "war bombings" during WWII in Italy do not include Volargne because ... 
... in effect, it had NOT been a bombing!

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It was not the result of bombings!  Not at all.  Volargne had never been bombed!  In typical bombing runs of WWII, civilians had usually been alerted and took shelter before the arrival of bomber planes.  All the more, some of the worst strategic bombing missions of the period did not produce sudden and utter destruction of towns.  The destruction of Volargne, instead, came without warning and the whole town had been destroyed instantaneously.  NOT A BOMBING!

The military engineers of Albert Speer's Nazi Todt Organization had left their 15 train-cars packed full of TNT completely exposed to the likelihood of enemy fire.  It was an obvious target left conspicuously parked, isolated from other trains, and guarded day and night by multiple German soldiers.  As should've been expected, it had been attacked!  Their extremely perilous train had been detonated by machine-gun fire from war-planes of the U.S. Air Corps on a reconnaissance mission.

SUDDENLY, VOLARGNE HAD BEEN FLATTENED TO RUBBLE, killing at least 64 civilians which included Carlo Perantoni’s sister, several of our relatives, and all the school children.

    MURDERED BY NEGLIGENCE OF NAZI ENGINEERS     

The blast also killed an unknown number of Italian and German soldiers and wounded hundreds more. The exact number of the victims is still unknown. By chance, that morning the majority of Volargne's adults had been marched off as slave labor to build military obstacles.

COURTESY: GIANFRANCO POLICANTE & PRO LOCO VOLARGNE
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The explosion was so huge that its power forcefully bounced across the entire Alpine region from foothill to foothill. Its ear-shattering blast had been heard throughout the entire Adige river valley, throughout the entire Valpolicella and Lake Garda region. It had been one of the largest explosions on earth prior to the atomic bomb.

The headlines in the above newspaper state that "96 percent" of Volargne’s buildings had been completely destroyed "like it was on Monte Cassino".  There, however, the destruction sustained in Cassino and the fortified Abbey took over four months of bombing and shelling.  In contrast, however, the destruction of Volargne had occurred in one instant, and the town was no more!

The majority of Volargne's adults, including the children's mothers and fathers, had been miles away building military obstacles as slave labor. When the gargantuan explosion was heard, they were promptly transported back. At their arrival they found Volargne utterly destroyed.  The town center, the church, the convent, and the school had become rubble and dust, they found their homes completely destroyed ...
... and they found their children killed!

   MURDERED BY RECKLESS NAZI NEGLIGENCE   

Credits: Gianfranco Policante & Pro Loco Volargne
Courtesy of Gianfranco Policante and Pro Loco Volargne
Courtesy of Gianfranco Policante and Pro Loco Volargne


WHY ARE THE GERMANS TO BE BLAMED? ... AND NOT THE U.S. AIR CORPS?  HOW COULD SUCH A TRAGEDY HAPPEN?  HOW COULD AN ENTIRE TOWN BE FLATTENED TO RUBBLE AND THEN SIMPLY REPORTED AS HAVING BEEN AN ACCIDENT?

The U.S. Air Corps shares NO culpability in this tragedy.

Reconnaissance firing on 15 suspicious cargo train-cars in a rail-yard is nothing more than conventional warfare.

Surely, the American pilots had no intention to destroy our nearby town, and the proof comes with the ill-fated Air Corps' recon mission which had been almost completely doomed by the unexpected colossal explosion, which above all, killed one of the pilots!

It should be noted that 2nd Lt. Edwin Screven Frierson of the 57th Fighter Group/64th Squadron of the 12th U.S. Air Corps was the unintentional sacrificed American pilot.

He was from De Soto, Louisiana.  He was only 19 years old!

Lieutenant Frierson's "P47 Thunderbolt" had been taken down by the unforeseen mammoth explosion's surprising huge vortex. The other pilots made it back to their air-base with damaged airplanes.

Lieutenant Frierson was wearing a pilot's "in case of death" tag which requested to be buried near the site of impact so that his remains might be easily found by the U.S. Air Corps at a later time.

His wish had been obliged by survivors of Volargne who buried him in the shade of a cherry tree near the rail-yard where his P47 had fallen.
Accordingly, later his squadron recovered his remains.

The U.S. Air Corps pilots had NOT acted with negligence.

Whereas, the deliberate endangerment of a civilian population is clearly against the 1929 Geneva Convention.

As a matter of fact, the endangerment of innocent civilians is a top violation of the Geneva Convention's highest protocol!

Hitler's Nazi Todt Engineers had deliberately violated the Geneva Convention protocol, causing murder and destruction.

 
SPECIAL CREDIT is given to Mr. MARCO FARAONI, attorney who
in 2012 published an extraordinary research book titled "Missione 2662" subtitled (translated)
"The Disaster of Volargne from Allied Military Documents." Details about 2Lt. Frierson have derived from his book.

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