Germany / 07-10-2010

Germany - Pensioners sentenced for Holocaust denial


Ursula Haverbeck-Wetzel, 81, is to serve a six-month suspended sentence after being convicted of denying the Holocaust.

Ursula Haverbeck-Wetzel, a former chairwoman of the outlawed far-right group Collegium Humanum, admitted to distributing pamphlets containing Holocaust-denying material in schools.

George Wiesholler, 91, was also convicted by the court of aiding and abetting Holocaust denial, as he had allowed the material to be distributed with his name as the publisher.

Holocaust denial, or the calling into question the historical event of the murder of 6 million Jews by the Nazi regime under Adolf Hitler, is a crime in Germany punished under laws governing incitement.

Ursula Haverbeck-Wetzel was fined 1,000 euros (1,390 dollars), her accomplice 600.