Aldo Moro
PASSINGS: Robert Katz, Mervyn Hardinge

Robert KatzHistorian wrote 'Death in Rome'Robert Katz, 77, a writer and historian whose meticulous reconstruction of an infamous Nazi massacre in Rome brought him fame and sparked a trial over whether he defamed the pope, died Wednesday in a hospital near his home in Arezzo, Italy.His wife, Beverly Gerstel, said he died of complications from cancer surgery.Katz wrote extensively on 20th-century Italian history in books, essays and articles, some of which were made into films. In "Days of Wrath," Katz chronicled the 1978 kidnapping and killing of Aldo Moro, a former premier, at the hands of the Red Brigades. In "The Battle for Rome" he looked at the months that followed the fall of...