German woman fined for Holocaust denial

An 81-year-old German woman, identified as Ursula H., was convicted Oct. 6 of Holocaust denial, but was given a suspended sentence of six months and fined nearly $1,400 by a Munich judge.

Ursula, the former president of a banned right-wing extremist group, admitted to distributing a text among schoolchildren that she had written in which she denied the Holocaust. Her 91-year-old co-defendant had allowed his name to be used on the pamphlet and was fined more than $800, the German news agency DPA reported.

In Germany, it is illegal to openly deny the Holocaust or disseminate Nazi propaganda. A jail sentence of up to five years is possible. — jta