A 93-year-old German woman has been given jail for the second time in four years for Holocaust denial – just days after her release from her previous sentence.
‘Nazi Grandma’ Ursula Haverbeck, 93, hit headlines in May 2018 when she went on the run to escape a two-and-a-half-year jail sentence for Holocaust denial, sparking a five-day manhunt.
And now she is in back in the headlines again, after the Regional Court of Berlin handed her a one-year prison sentence, for the same crime, on Friday, 1st April.
The latest sentence is the result of appeals she had made against two prior sentences, in 2017 and late 2020.
In 2017, she was sentenced to six months in jail for denying an event at the Lichtenrade branch of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.
And at the end of 2020, she was given a year in prison for denying the Holocaust in an interview published online.
The Regional Court of Berlin upheld both cases, but decided that a total punishment of one year in prison was appropriate, despite her lawyer’s push for a full acquittal.
The sentence cannot be suspended because she reportedly failed to show any contrition during court proceedings.
However, the sentence is not yet final, meaning she can take it to the Berlin Court of Appeals if she chooses to.
Haverbeck was only released from her previous sentence at prison in Bielefeld just a few days before her latest sentence was given.
She is a widow and hails from the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
She was convicted for the first time in 2004, receiving a fine.
Haverbeck has repeatedly claimed that Auschwitz concentration camp was not an extermination centre and that no mass murder took place there.
This goes against historians’ estimates of the Nazis murdering at least 1.1 million people at Auschwitz-Birkenau alone.
Germany is one of 16 European countries with laws against Holocaust denial. The only nation with such laws outside the Old Continent is Israel.
The Holocaust was the systematic murder of some six million Jews by Nazi Germany and its collaborators across German-occupied Europe between 1941 and 1945.
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