‘Nazi Grandma’ arrested after failing to show up for prison sentence for Holocaust denial


Holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck-Wetzel, 88, waiting for her trial at the Amtsgericht Tiergarten courthouse in Berlin, Oct. 16, 2017. (Steffi Loos/Getty Images)

(JTA) — The Holocaust denier known as the “Nazi Grandma” was arrested by German police days after she failed to appear at the prison where she was to start a two-year term for Holocaust denial.

Ursula Haverbeck, 89, had been ordered to appear on April 23 at the prison in the town of Bielefeld after being sentenced for incitement caused by public Holocaust denial. Prosecutors on May 4 issued an order for police to locate and arrest her.

She was located at her home in central German on Monday. She was arrested and immediately sent to prison, according to reports. The Associated Press had reported that the home did not look inhabited, citing piled up mail on the front doorstep.

Haverbeck has been convicted and sentenced to prison on several occasions for writing articles denying the Holocaust and incitement to hate. She has appealed all the decisions, however, and had yet to spend any time in jail.

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