Search JTA's historical archive dating back to 1923Anneliese Kappler, wife of the former Rome Gestapo chief, Herbert Kappler and organizer of his controversial escape from a Rome military prison to West Germany, denied last night that any official German authority or any group had aided in the escape attempt.She also denied receiving financial aid for the escape from any group, but admitted, during a TV interview, that she had received money from various groups representing former SS members. She defended these donations on the grounds that she had spent her entire savings to try and secure her husband’s release and to care for him while he was a prisoner.Mrs. In practice, refusal to obey orders during war is not possible.” She declined to give details of the escape, saying these would appear in a mass-circulation magazine this week.Meanwhile, the West German government has denied German press reports that it has secretly reached agreement with the Italian government on a means of ending the Kappler controversy. The reports suggested that Bonn would place Kappler in a German hospital under strict police guard and the Italian government would find this a politically palatable solution to the row over his escape.The Archive of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency includes articles published from 1923 to 2008. Kappler attended four years of elementary school (Volksschule) followed by four more of high school and graduated in 1925. Appeals by both his wife and the Six months after his escape, Kappler died at home in Kappler's post-war time seeking asylum in the Vatican, and his resultant friendship with his former enemy Monsignor O'Flaherty, was dramatised in the radio play He escaped from prison shortly before his death in Kappler was in charge of Jewish roundups for deportations to By early 1944, Kappler was the highest representative of the Kappler was arrested by British authorities in 1945 and later turned over to the Italian government in 1947 and tried the following year. During his childhood, Kappler witnessed World War I, and came of age in the Weimar Republic during the 1920s. She defended her husband’s shooting of 335 Italian Jews and non-Jews in 1941 in reprisal for a partisan attack on Rome’s SS headquarters, saying he was acting under orders.Asked whether there weren’t times when such orders should be disobeyed, Mrs. Kappler replied: “One cannot judge this today if one has not experienced war. Kappler's second in command in Rome, SS-Captain Erich Priebke, managed to escape and it was not until 1996 that Priebke would face justice. Archive stories reflect the journalistic standards and practices of the time they were published. Kappler was arrested by British authorities in 1945 and later turned over to the Italian government in 1947 and tried the following year. See Original Daily Bulletin From This Date He next attended a technical college and spent seven semesters studying electrical engineering. Following the end of the war, Kappler stood trial in Italy and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Asked by the TV interviewer whether approval had perhaps not come from “the wrong (political) side,” she said she was not “interested” where approval came from.