An 88-year-old woman known as the ‘Nazi grandma’ has been sentenced to six months in jail for Holocaust denial.
It is the fifth such conviction for Ursula Haverbeck, but she is yet spend a single day in prison.
She has repeatedly denied that millions of Jews were murdered at the hands of the Nazis, which constitutes incitement of racial hatred under German law.
She was sentenced on Monday at a court in Berlin after she said in January that there was no Holocaust and no mass deaths at Auschwitz.
Despite her convictions, she has so far avoided any jail time because the cases are under appeal.
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She was previously charged with Holocaust denial after writing several articles for a magazine called the Voice of the Reich.
In January, she said it was ‘not true’ that there were gas chambers at the concentration camp at Auschwitz.
She also disputed the fact that 1.1 million people were killed at the camp.
Haverbeck is a former chairwoman of a far-right training centre that was shut down in 2008 for spreading Nazi propaganda.
She once appeared on television and said ‘the Holocaust is the biggest and most sustainable lie in history’.
The court said she will only go to prison if her appeal fails and if she is declared fit to serve time in jail.
The last time Haverbeck was convicted of Holocaust denial was in September 2016, when she was sentenced to eight months in prison.
In a letter in February to the mayor of a town where a former Auschwitz guard was about to go on trial, Haverbeck wrote that the camp survivors were ‘alleged witnesses’.
In Germany, Holocaust denial can carry a sentence of up to five years in prison.
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