GERMANY – Holocaust denying grandma sentenced to second jail term for sedition
I-24 NEWS – Haverbeck charged after saying it was “clearly recognizable” that Auschwitz existed solely as a labor camp. Ursula Havebeck, an 87-year-old grandmother and author was sentenced on Friday to her second jail term for sedition, the Deutsche Welle broadcaster reports.
The judge, who said that Havebeck lacked “any kind of respect,” sentenced her to eight months in jail without possibility of parole.
Charges were brought against Haverbeck after she penned a letter to the mayor of the city of Detmold, as former SS guard Reinhold Hanning was on trial for complicity in the mass murders at the Auschwitz death camp.
She told the mayor that it was “clearly recognizable” that no Jews died at Auschwitz and that it existed solely as a labor camp.
Haverbeck is a notorious extremist who was once chairwoman of a far-right training center shut down in 2008 for spreading Nazi propaganda.
She already has a criminal record with two fines and a suspended sentence for sedition.
In November of 2015 she was sentenced to ten months in jail after she insisted that Auschwitz was “not historically proven” to be a death camp.
In Germany, denying the Holocaust and the death of Jews under the Nazi regime, or endorsing the Nazis is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Some 1.1 million people, most of them European Jews, perished between 1940 and 1945 in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp before it was liberated by Soviet forces.
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