88 Yr Old German Woman Sentenced To 6 Months In Jail For Denying Holocaust…Again
October 17, 2017
An 88-year-old German grandmother Ursula Haverbeck has been sentenced to six months in jail for having the wrong opinion.
A Berlin court found Haverbeck, who is also known as 'Nazi Grandma', guilty of inciting hatred by saying that Holocaust is a fiction and there were no gas chambers in the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Despite several previous convictions, Haverbeck has not yet spent time in prison.
Haverbeck, a notoriously fervent denier of the mass killings of Jews during Holocaust, received yet another conviction, this time for claiming at an event in Berlin in January last year that Holocaust did not happen and nobody was gassed in the infamous death camp in Auschwitz, that claimed lives of 1.1 million people between 1940 and 1945, mostly Jews.
Haverbeck who pleaded not guilty, alleged that she was citing from a book when speaking at the event. However, upon studying the half-a-minute footage, the court determined that it "was her own speech" and found her guilty. Her lawyer's argument that prosecuting her violates Haverbeck's right to free speech, failed to score any points with the judge. Moreover, while on trial, the accused repeated the statement, Der Spiegel reports.
An author for Neo-Nazi magazines, Haverbeck has never minced words in expressing her more-than-controversial beliefs no matter the consequences.
Next month, she is set to stand trial on similar charges in the town of Detmold, where she is appealing the eight-month jail sentence the court handed to her last September. The charges revolving around her letter to Detmold's mayor in which she insisted that Auschwitz was a plain labor camp. The letter was timed with the trial of a former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp, Reinhold Hanning, tried in Detmold. The court eventually sentenced Hanning to five years behind bars "for accessory to murder in 170,000 cases."
In August, Haverbeck lost an appeal in the district court of Verden in Lower Saxony, which increased her jail term from 10 months to two years without parole. The court found her guilty of inciting to Holocaust denial.
Under German law, incitement of hatred constitutes not only encouraging hatred or violence to a particular group of people, but also approving of, denying or downplaying Nazi crimes. Those found guilty by the court face up to five years in prison. However, Haverbeck is yet to serve any jail time, as the decisions in her cases are still pending.
Haverbeck has also received two fines and a suspended sentence for sedition.
German author and Holocaust revisionist Ursula Haverbeck, age 87, was sentenced to serve eight months in jail after claiming that no Jews were murdered in Auschwitz.
On Friday a German court sentenced Haverbeck on charges of sedition.
Under the German criminal code, Volksverhetzung, or incitement of the people, bans incitement to hatred against any segment of the population.
Anyone who publicly denies, endorses or plays down the events of the Holocaust can be sentenced to a maximum of five years in jail.
According to German media Deutsche Welle, Haverbeck lacked "any kind of respect" during proceedings and made further offensive comments in the courtroom.
Haverbeck claims that Auschwitz was nothing more than a labor camp and that no evidence exists proving otherwise.
Reports also show that the 87-year-old has a long record of radical right-wing activity including distribution of Nazi propaganda, penning a Holocaust denying letter to a German mayor to voice her support for ex-Nazi guard Rainer Heller during his trial and declaring on television that "the Holocaust is the biggest and most sustainable lie in history."
Haverbeck has been fined by multiple courts and has received two jail sentences.
Merkel Declares Anti-Zionism 'Same As' Anti-Semitism - Punishable By Prison
September 25, 2017
Angela Merkel declares anti-zionism to be same as anti-semitism
Angela Merkel has formally declared anti-Zionism to be the same as anti-Semitism - making any criticism of Israel punishable by prison in Germany.
The formal adoption of the international definition of anti-Semitism has been done in order to "provide clarity for the prosecution of hate crimes."
The German Cabinet announced Wednesday that it unanimously adopted the working definition promoted by the International Alliance for Holocaust Remembrance.
Forward.com reports: In addition to classic forms of anti-Semitism, the definition offers examples of modern manifestations, such as targeting all Jews as a proxy for Israel, denying Jews the right to a homeland and using historical anti-Semitic images to tarnish all Israelis.
"We Germans are particularly vigilant when our country is threatened by an increase in anti-Semitism," Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière said following the Wednesday morning meeting. "History made clear to us, in the most terrible way, the horrors to which anti-Semitism can lead."
Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, welcomed the announcement "as a clear signal" that anti-Semitism is not tolerated in Germany.
In Germany, recent court decisions reveal the difficulty of finding unanimity on the issue. For example, while some courts have found anti-Zionist-motivated crimes to be tantamount to anti-Semitism, since perpetrators blame Jews in Germany for Israel's policies, other courts have accepted political motivation as a mitigating factor in sentencing.