German neo-Nazi convicted of Holocaust denial

87-year-old Ursula Haverbeck sentenced to 8 months in prison for saying Auschwitz was only a labor camp.

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A prominent German neo-Nazi has again been convicted of Holocaust denial and sentenced to eight months in prison, The Associated Press reports.

The Detmold state court said Friday that 87-year-old Ursula Haverbeck said she plans to appeal the decision.

Haverbeck wrote a February letter to the mayor of Detmold when a former Auschwitz guard was going on trial there, claiming the notorious Nazi death camp was only a labor camp, and called survivors “alleged witnesses.”

In 2015, Haverbeck was sentenced to 10 months in prison after she defended former SS sergeant Oskar Groening, also known as the “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz”, outside his trial.

Haverbeck had insisted in an interview at the time that Auschwitz "was not a death camp," but "only a labor camp" - and that the Holocaust "was the greatest and longest lived lie in history."

She remains free as her appeal in that case is heard, according to AP.