Holocaust-denying ‘Nazi grandma’ sentenced to 10 months in jail

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What sort of nation throws 87 year old women into jail for speaking the truth? Certainly not one that can consider itself to be a functioning free and fair democracy.

I present a few pictures of the Auschwitz ‘death camp’ to support Ms. Haverbeck’s position – it was not a death camp, it was a labour camp.

The camp theater where live plays were performed by camp inmate actors -
The camp theater where live plays were performed by camp inmate actors –

 

Camp post office with twice weekly pick-ups and deliveries If you are gassing people -- Do you let them write letters ?
Camp post office with twice weekly pick-ups and deliveries
If you are gassing people — Do you let them write letters ?

 

One of the 16 orchestras in Auschwitz
One of the 16 orchestras in Auschwitz

 

The swimming pool for prisoners.
The swimming pool for prisoners.

 

Auschwitz issued it's own money. Prisoners were paid and could spend the money in canteens, brothels and stores.
Auschwitz issued it’s own money. Prisoners were paid and could spend the money in canteens, brothels and stores.

 

Prisoners looking rather well fed, in contrast to the starving German civilian population at the time.
Prisoners looking rather well fed, in contrast to the starving German civilian population at the time.

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Holocaust-denying ‘Nazi grandma’ sentenced to 10 months in jail

Dubbed by the German press as the “Nazi-Oma,” meaning “Nazi grandma,” Haverbeck told a Hamburg court that the concentration camp, where at least 1.25 million prisoners died between 1940 and 1945, was “only a belief.”

The right-wing pensioner, who lives in the western German town of Vlotho, already had a criminal record, with two fines and a suspended sentence for sedition to her name.

She was also previously the chairwoman of a far-right training center, which was shut down in 2008 for spreading Nazi propaganda.

The notorious extremist was summoned to court, however, after declaring on television in April that “the Holocaust is the biggest and most sustainable lie in history.” She made the comments while petitioning outside the trial of 94-year-old former SS guard Oskar Gröning.

‘Lost cause’

Showing no remorse for her comment, Haverbeck cheerfully admitted to the court, “yes, I said that indeed,” before challenging them to prove that Auschwitz was a death camp.

Ruling magistrate Bjoern Joensson responded, saying:

“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,” he added.

On issuing his ruling on Thursday, Joensson said it was “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.

Applause from supporters

Anti-far-right activists arrived in force to occupy most benches in the courtroom on Thursday, leaving Haverbeck’s supporters outside, demanding to be let in.

The Holocaust denier was not alone in her cause, however, with a group of supporters gathering to applaud Haverbeck as she left.

“Of course” they won’t accept this sentence,” the German “Tageszeitung” newspaper quoted her as saying.

Author Details
Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

His favored areas of study include state-sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.
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