A German court has sentenced Germany’s infamous 89-year-old ‘Nazi Grandma’ to 14 months in prison for Holocaust denial, reports BBC News.
A German woman, Ursula Haverbeck, nicknamed “Nazi Grandma,” was yet again sentenced to 14 months in prison for Holocaust Denial. Under German law, Holocaust denial constitutes a crime and carries a sentence of up to five years in jail. The 89 old woman has already been convicted several times but has yet to serve her time.
Haverbeck and her late husband were members of the Nazi party during the Second World War. They founded a now-banned education centre popularising their belief, and Haverbeck has written articles for a right-wing magazine, arguing that the Holocaust never happened.
Haverbeck was initially sentenced to eight months in jail in 2016 after she claimed in a letter to the mayor of the German town of Detmold that Auschwitz was not a concentration camp. She received ten more months in 2021, along with additional punishment, after handing out pamphlets to the judge and prosecutors echoing her beliefs, entitled “Only the truth will set you free,” during the appeal session. However, her overall sentence was reduced to 14 months.
She has been convicted on five other occasions for similar charges of incitement of racial hatred, but she has remained free as her lawyers appealed. Her lawyers plan on taking the case to a top regional court for a final appeal against the jail term.