Ursula Haverbeck has been arrested and sent to prison after shortly going on the lam to escape a sentence related to Holocaust denial in Germany. Haverbeck, 89, is referred to as "The Nazi Grandma" in German papers. Her most recent charge stems from an article claiming that Auschwitz was a labor camp, rather than a death camp.
Haverbeck was discovered at her home in Vlotho after a five-day manhunt when she didn't show up on time to turn herself in for her two year incarceration. Police initially tried her home when she didn't show up but her house was empty and the car was gone. Monday she was arrested by Herford police who transported her directly to the correctional facility where she has begun her sentence.
In Germany, as in Canada and other European countries, "Holocaust denial" is illegal and can be punished with hefty fines and even prison time. The term "denial" is a bit of a misnomer however, as disagreeing on finer points of the accepted history can be considered "Holocaust denial." Haverbeck narrowly escaped prison time in the past for previous charges of Holocaust denial due to appeals.
In the case of Haverbeck, her lawyer tried to argue that what she had wrote was covered by the country's free speech laws, but she was convicted in September of "incitement." Technically, the "accepted history" of the Holocaust has changed some, even figures of the dead at Auschwitz changed, but disagreeing with the official facts (of the moment) is a dangerous pastime several places.