Even if Ursula Haverbeck is incorrect, misguided and deluded, she should be free to express her thoughts. We beat Hitler to have freedom of thought and expression, so I thought. We won WWII to be free to tolerate unpalatable ideas. So long as ideas are not imposed upon another, a thought is just a thought, not an act of harm. Unfortunately, a thought is considered a crime in some countries and the template of Orwell’s 1984 is being played out in Germany.
Germany: 89-Year Old ‘Nazi Grandma’ Arrested after Failing to Show Up to Start 2-year Prison Sentence
Tyranny! 87 year old Ursula Haverbeck Jailed for questioning history: English
“Nazi grandma” arrested after failing to report to prison
BERLIN — German authorities say they’ve apprehended a notorious elderly neo-Nazi and taken her to prison to begin serving her sentence for Holocaust denial. Police and prosecutors told the dpa news agency Monday that Ursula Haverbeck, 89, was picked up at her home in the town of Vlotho in central Germany.
Haverbeck, dubbed “Nazi-Oma” (Nazi grandma) by German media, was convicted of incitement last year in Verden state court and sentenced to two years in prison for denying the Holocaust, a crime in Germany.
She was supposed to report to prison last week but vanished, prompting a search for her. It was not immediately clear when she returned home.
Haverbeck was a chairwoman of a far-right training center that was shut down in 2008 for spreading Nazi propaganda. In a 2015 trial, she said Auschwitz was “not historically proven” to be a death camp, the Agence France-Presse reports. She also appeared on television and said the Holocaust “is the biggest and most sustainable lie in history.”
An estimated 1.1 million people were murdered at the Auschwitz camp between 1940 and 1945 before the Soviet army intervened, freeing the remaining 7,000 prisoners.