Holocaust-denier ‘Nazi grandma’ nabbed after failing to show up for prison
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Holocaust-denier ‘Nazi grandma’ nabbed after failing to show up for prison

Days after arrest warrant issued, 89-year-old Ursula Haverbeck located at her home

Ursula Haverbeck arrives in the Tiergarten District Court in Berlin, Germany, October 16, 2017.  (Paul Zinken/dpa via AP)
Ursula Haverbeck arrives in the Tiergarten District Court in Berlin, Germany, October 16, 2017. (Paul Zinken/dpa via AP)

A 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 the town of Vlotho in central Germany 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 was sentenced at a Berlin district court in October 2017, for saying, at a January 2016 event in the German capital, that the Holocaust did not take place and that there were no gas chambers at the infamous Auschwitz death camp. In closing arguments at her trial, she again denied the Holocaust, prompting another conviction.

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