'Nazi Grandma' Handed New Prison Sentence by German Court

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Ursula Haverbeck  sits in the  courtroom of the regional court at the start of trial in Verden, Germany, Monday Nov. 21,  2016.
Ursula Haverbeck sits in the courtroom of the regional court at the start of trial in Verden, Germany, Monday Nov. 21, 2016.Credit: Carmen Jaspersen / DPA via AP

A notorious 88-year-old Holocaust denier dubbed the "Nazi grandma" by German media was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison on charges of sedition relating to her claim that Auschwitz was never used for mass extermination.

Ursula Haverbeck, whose criminal record includes other denials of the Holocaust, wrote several contributions to the magazine Stimme des Reiches (Voice of the Reich), in which she denied the existence of the Holocaust.

In her closing words of the trial, she spoke of an "Auschwitz lie", claiming the Nazi camp in Poland was not an extermination camp, but instead merely a labor camp.

In Germany, anyone who publicly endorses, denies or plays down the mass murder of Jews and other groups of people who were thought undesirable during the Third Reich faces a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a minimum of a fine.

Judge Christoph Neelsen said in his sentencing speech that Haverbeck refused to see reason and explicitly denied the Holocaust.

Immediately following the court's decision, Haverbeck said she plans to appeal the court's decision.

Various German courts have sentenced the recalcitrant Holocaust denier. Her criminal record includes fines and another sentences for sedition.

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