Ursula Haverbeck, the German Nazi who goes back to when the Nazis were in power, was sentenced Thursday to ten months for sedition, a charge that stems from her denying in a recent interview that the Holocaust ever happened, referring to concentration camps like Auschwitz as “just a labor camp”.
According to the Daily Mail, The courtroom exploded in applause as Magistrate Björn Jönsson handed down the sentence, as many came in to ensure that Haverbeck’s supporters were not in the majority assembled in the courtroom. Haverbeck reportedly argued with the judge, saying she shouldn’t be punished for the crime again as she had already been fined twice and given a suspended sentence for previous charges of Holocaust denial. During her defense she declared the Holocaust “was the greatest and longest lived lie in history.”
“I do not have to prove the Holocaust to you, same as I do not have to prove that the earth is round, Magistrate Jönsson said during the sentencing. “It is futile to discuss facts with people like you. A thief who steals the same thing again and again is punished again and again.”
In March, during an interview for the German television program Panorama, Haverbeck , 87, defended her Holocaust denial stance, citing long-discredited reasons such as there not any gas chambers found and that those placed in the camps were done so out of fear that they might commit espionage. “(T)here is, I believe, no lie that has operated more persistently and transformatively, and indeed not only in Germany but practically worldwide as this Holocaust,” she said.
The interview led to a raid on her home in June, as well as that of three of her supporters. Haverbeck, who counts Nazi S.S. head Heinrich Himmler’s daughter Gudrun Burwitz among her friends, and who’s late husband Werner was a Nazi Party leader, vowed to appeal.