The Hague – Germany has won a partial victory against Italian claims for compensation for Nazi war crimes, according to a ruling announced by the UN’s top court Tuesday.The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) rejected Italy’s counter claim against a German claim that it was not liable for individual claims of compensation for Nazi war crimes.Rome has until January 2011 to file a rejoinder.Germany’s decision to file the law suit stemmed from an earlier ruling by Italy’s top criminal court, the Court of Cassation, awarding damages of 1 million euros (then 1.4 million dollars) to nine relatives of victims of a June 1944 massacre in the Tuscan town of Civitella.In the atrocity, German soldiers killed more than 200 civilians to avenge a deadly attack by partisans.German authorities had expressed concern that if the Italian ruling was allowed to stand, it could open a Pandora’s box with “hundreds” of similar individual cases seeking compensation from Berlin likely to be filed around Europe.