German ‘Nazi grandma’ receives prison sentence for Holocaust denial

The Berlin regional court rejected the appeal of 93-year-old Ursula Haverbeck against two earlier convictions, and the “Nazi grandma” is now sentenced to 12 months in prison for denying that Jews were murdered during the Holocaust.

On Friday, April 1, the Berlin court rejectetd an appeal by notorious neo-Nazi Ursula Haverbeck, otherwise known as the “Nazi grandma”, which the 93-year-old German woman filed against two earlier convictions for Holocaust denial from 2017 and 2020. According to the judges, the sentence cannot be suspended for the convict has not shown any remorse or shifts in perspective during the appeal hearings. Therefore, Haverbeck was sentenced to 12 months in prison for denying that Jews were systematically murdered during the Holocaust.

Ursula Haverbeck has already been convicted several times for repeatedly asserting that the Auschwitz death camp was just a work camp, but due to lengthy appeals, she so far avoided prison. Germany’s highest court reaffirmed that constitutional free speech guarantees do not cover Holocaust denial, and upheld convicions against Haverbeck. She previously got fined and served a leas 30 months for similar crimes. Neverhtheless, the Friday ruling of the Berlin court can be appealed.

German law makes it illegal to deny the genocide committed by Adolf Hitler’s regime, which claimed the lives of around six million Jews. Holocaust denial and other forms of incitement to hatred carry up to five years in prison in Germany.