US writer Robert Katz dies at 77

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

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2010, 23:56 PM IST

Rome: 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 today 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.

Katz wrote extensively on 20th-century Italian history.
He adapted some of his books for cinema, including "The
Cassandra Crossing," a feature film starring Sophia Loren,
Burt Lancaster and Richard Harris.

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

Katz is survived by his wife and two children. The
funeral will be private.

PTI