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‘Nazi Grandma’ Who ‘Went on the Run to Avoid Jail’ for Holocaust Denial Has Been Caught in Germany

'Holocaust denier' Ursula Haverbeck-Wetzel, then 88, waiting for her trial at a Berlin courthouse, Oct. 16, 2017. PHOTO: Steffi Loos/Getty

Ursula Haverbeck, 89, has a string of convictions for Holocaust denial and once caused a despairing magistrate to declare ‘It is deplorable that this woman, who is still so active given her age, uses her energy to spread such hair-raising nonsense’.

By Adam Lusher | 9 May 2018

INDEPENDENT — A “Nazi grandma” who apparently went on the run rather than serve a jail sentence for Holocaust denial has been caught and put in a German prison.

Ursula Haverbeck, 89, had been due to report to prison to start a two-year sentence on May 2, but instead the authorities discovered she had vanished from her home in Vlotho, central Germany.

Prosecutors ordered police to find her, and the International Auschwitz Committee expressed its hope that hunt for the alleged fugitive was being conducted “with high pressure”.

She will now serve the sentence handed down to her in August 2017 for writing in a far-right German magazine that Auschwitz had been a work camp, rather than the place where Hitler’s Nazis killed more than a million people. […]

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