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‘Nazi grandma’ jailed for denying the Holocaust ever happened

Joe Williams November 13, 2015
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Fascist Ursula Haverbeck was jailed for ten months.

An 87-year-old grandmother has been imprisoned for 10 months after she insisted that Auschwitz was “not historically proven” to be a death camp.

Ursula Haverbeck – dubbed as “Nazi-Oma” (Nazi grandma) – argued that “it was only a belief” as she stood trial for Holocaust denial in Hamburg.

‘Nazi grandma’ jailed for denying the Holocaust ever happened

Haverbeck’s sentence comes following years of notorious xenophobic extremist – for which she has already received two fines and a suspended sentence for sedition.

She was also once chairwoman of a fascist training centre – shut down in 2008 for spreading Nazi propaganda.

Haverbeck found herself in court once again after breeching the conditions of her previous convictions.

In April, she appeared on national television in Germany to once again deny that the atrocity – during which millions of Jewish people were slaughtered – ever took place.

“The Holocaust is the biggest and most sustainable lie in history,” she claimed.

Challenged on her views by the judge, the octogenarian refused to back down, happily admitting to the comments.

Haverbeck then dramatically challenged the court to prove her wrong, causing ruling magistrate Bjoern Joensson to declare “it is pointless holding a debate with someone who can’t accept any facts”.

“Neither do I have to prove to you that the world is round.

“It is deplorable that this woman, who is still so active given her age, uses her energy to spread such hair-raising nonsense.

“She is a lost cause,” he added.

Sadly, Haverbeck is not alone in her beliefs, with many like-minded supporters filled the courtroom, before applauding upon sentencing.

‘Nazi grandma’ jailed for denying the Holocaust ever happened

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.

In addition, over a million German gay and bisexual men were targeted by the Nazis – before and during the war – for threatening the “disciplined masculinity” of Germany, with over 100,000 arrested under a law criminalising homosexuality.

Approximately 50,000 served prison sentences as “convicted homosexuals”, and around 5,000 to 15,000 gay men were imprisoned in concentration camps.

Furthermore, many gay men were imprisoned by the allied authorities after the liberation of the concentration camps as homosexuality remained illegal.

There is currently no law against holocaust denial in the United Kingdom, nor many other countries across the world.

Related topics: Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, Europe, fascist, Germany, jews, Nazi, ursula haverbeck, World War Two

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