US writer and historian Robert Katz, who chronicled Italian history, dies at age 77

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American writer and historian Robert Katz, best known for his reconstruction of an infamous Nazi massacre in Rome, has died in Italy. He was 77.

Katz's wife Beverly Gerstel told the AP on Thursday that the author had died in the hospital in Tuscany from complications from cancer surgery the day before. Katz had been a longtime resident of Tuscany.

His works looked at some crucial events in modern Italian history, including the Nazi massacre of 335 Italians at the Ardeatine Caves in 1944....

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