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Return "Nazi Granny" to prison in 93

Return “Nazi Granny” to prison in 93

Ursula Haverbeek, the “Nazi grandmother” accused of Holocaust denial, sits with her lawyer Wolfram Nehrath in a courtroom in Berlin, Germany. Photo: Reuters/Paul Zinkin/Paul.

German neo-Nazi Ursula Haverbeck, 93, who was convicted several times of Holocaust denial and incitement to hatred, was convicted Friday (01) of spending 12 months in prison in Berlin for denying the murder of more than a million Jews. In the center of Auschwitz camp.

Dubbed the “Nazi grandmother” by the German media, she has already been convicted in other parts of Germany and spent two and a half years in prison in the western city of Bielefeld.

In 2017, she was sentenced to six months in prison for repeatedly denying the historical facts of the Holocaust during an event in Berlin. In 2020, she was sentenced to another 12 months in prison for posting an interview online in which she once again made statements denying the Holocaust.

Ursula reportedly stated several times that it was “not proven historically” that Auschwitz was an extermination camp. According to her, it was a forced labor camp.

“You are not a Holocaust researcher… you are a Holocaust denier,” said the presiding judge in the courtroom. He said, “What I said is not knowledge, it is poison.”

According to German newspaper DW, the judge stated that Haverbeek’s actions were the result of her own beliefs and that a decision to arrest her was necessary. The court rejected an appeal by the “grandmother” in two convictions, in 2017 and 2020, of similar demonstrations, but according to the newspaper, no signs of remorse or remorse appeared.

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Werner Georg Haverbeck, Ursula’s husband, was an active member of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP) at the time of World War II. They set up a banned education center since 2018.