50 years after the death of four Italian soldiers in Sudtirol, Reinhard Olt demands that those convicted in Florence at the time be rehabilitated on the basis of new research findings – a guest commentary
On the evening of 24. In June 1967, the physician Dr. Erhard Hartung, the electrical engineer Peter Kienesberger and the non-commissioned officer of the Austrian Armed Forces Egon Kufner ascend to the Porzescharte. On the border ridge between the East Tyrolean district of Lienz and the Italian province of Belluno, the "Liberation Committee Sudtirol" (BAS) used at the time as a supply and escape route, the group led by Kienesberger wanted to take a wounded BAS activist for further treatment in Austria. The agreed radio contact fails to materialize, but instead you see a brief light and hear noises and voices. Why Kienesberger distrusts the matter, breaks off the action and returns with his comrades to the village of Obertilliach. There, one hour after midnight, i.e. on the 25th day of the 25th month, the group boards the plane. June, the VW oats with which they had come.
Just on 25. June – according to the official and in the end for the group suspicious Italian representation – on the said Porzescharte (ital. "Cima Vallona") four Italian soldiers were killed and one wounded. Startled by a detonation at night, they rushed to the border crossing, where – as a year before – an electricity pylon had been blown up. One of the men, Alpini soldier Armando Piva, had been seriously injured by the detonation of a buried booby trap, according to these reports, and died the same day. members of a special unit flown in by helicopter, the same thing had happened: Carabinieri Captain Francesco Gentile and paratroopers Mario di Lecce and Olivo Dordi had triggered a second booby trap: They had been killed and their comrade Marcello Fagnani, a fourth member of the commando, had been severely wounded.