The holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck (*1928), aka "Nazi granny," has been repeatedly convicted for Nazi revisionism after publicly denying the reality of gas chambers in Nazi extermination camps.1 She is currently serving a 2 1/2 year prison sentence, which ends in November 2020.2 Haverbeck is somewhat of a cult figure among right-wing extremists, and various far-right organizations are embracing the cause of Ursula Haverbeck, such as the neo-Nazi minority party Die Rechte.
Die Rechte rally for the release of the repeatedly convicted holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck. Facebook post by Matthias Deyda from May 7, 2019.
Haverbeck is the co-founder of the "Guthmannshausen memorial site" (Gedächtnisstätte Guthmannshausen) in Thuringia, a meeting place for fellow neo-Nazi bigwigs. Haverbeck was a good friend of Heinrich Himmler's daughter Gudrun Burwitz until the latter's death in 2018.3
Haverbeck's husband, Werner Georg Haverbeck, a former Nazi and pastor of an anthroposophical Christian community, was the founder of the association and event venue Collegium Humanum (Internationales Studienwerk - Collegium Humanum e.V.) in Vlotho, East Westphalia, established in 1963 as “Home Education Center for the Environment and Life.” The Collegium Humanum was first active in the German environmental movement, but turned in the early 1980s towards right-wing extremism, anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. In 2008, the Association was banned by the Federal Minister of the Interior Wolfgang Schäuble due to “continued denial of the Holocaust.” The successor organization to the Collegium Humanum is the association Gedächtnisstätte e.V. ("Association Guthmannshausen memorial site"), founded by Ursula Haverbeck, which rented a manor in Guttmannshausen for the association.4
In 2004, Ursula Haverbeck appeared next to Horst Mahler at the Rudolf Heß March in Wunsiedel.5
Ursula Haverbeck and Horst Mahler in 2004 at the Rudolf Heß March in Wunsiedel.
In 2010, Haverbeck was attending the trial of "Bishop" Richard Williamson of the SSPX Resistance in Germany, during which he was condemned to pay a €10000 fine for holocaust denial.6
In April 2016, the Identitarian fraternity leader, far-right publisher and AfD affiliate Philip Stein appeared as a speaker at the Guthmannshausen memorial site at a reader and author meeting of the neo-fascist environmental magazine Umwelt & Aktiv.7
In March 2018, Haverbeck appeared in an interview with the fellow holocaust denier, and far-right YouTuber, Nikolai Nerling, who calls himself the "People's Tacher,"8 where she - once more - openly denied the holocaust. In the video, Nerling introduced Haverbeck as "the grande dame of the freedom movement."8
Nikolai Nerling with Ursula Haverbeck
The video was preceded by a "preliminary talk" between Haverbeck, Nerling and Angela Schaller on March 3, 2018,9 and apparently shot in an office of the far-right NPD party (see flyers on shelf). Angela Schaller seems to be a Reichsbürger type neo-Nazi prepper affiliated with the NPD in Thuringia and belonging to a group called Thing Kreis ("Thing Circle").10
In 2019, Haverbeck was awarded the first "International Robert Faurisson Prize" in honor of the holocaust denier Robert Faurisson (1929-2018), who had died the previous year. Since at the time she was in prison, her lawyer Wolfram Nahrath received the award in her name. The price was awarded on January 25, 2019, in the framework of an international neo-Nazi meeting in Vichy, France.11
Joe Fallisi and Lady Michèle Renouf present the award to Ursula Haverbeck’s Berlin attorney Wolfram Nahrath in 2019.
International Robert Faurisson Prize awarded to Ursula Haverbeck in 2019.
In the run-up of the European elections, foreign affairs spokesman of Die Rechte, Matthias Deyda ran as a candidate for a direct mandate in the European Parliament. On social media he had promoted his candidature as follows12:
Together with Ursula Haverbeck and other well-known activists, I am running as a candidate in the 2019 European elections on the so-called List of National Resistance.
Fans of Ursula Haverbeck were also present on the August 2020 Querdenken demonstration.13
Fan of Ursula Haverbeck at the Querdenken demonstration.
Fan of Ursula Haverbeck at the Querdenken demonstration.
In November 2020, Haverbeck was released from prison, but was immediately put on trial again because of aforementioned March 2018 interview with the neo-Nazi YouTuber Nikolai Nerling, in which Haverback denied the Holocaust and played down Nazi crimes.14
Haverbeck, who stated that it was the tenth trial against her, rather than being remorseful, used the courtroom for her usual propaganda. According to Der Spiegel, Haverback stated14:
“I want to know where the six million are supposed to have been gassed. Now please tell me: Where did that take place?” ... "You never experienced that." Auschwitz was not an extermination camp and Zyklon B was "not at all suitable for mass murder," said Haverbeck.
Haverbeck was defended in the trial by the neo-Nazi celebrity lawyer Wolfram Nahrath, once the federal leader of the now banned right-wing extremist Viking Youth, as were his father and grandfather before him.14 On December 4, 2020, the district court sentenced her to 12 months in prison without probation for incitement by denying the Holocaust. The sentence is not final because Haverbeck appealed. As a result, she remains at large for the time being.
- 1. Roger Baird, “'Nazi grandma' convicted of denying Holocaust for fifth time,” International Business Times, 17 October 2017, http://archive.wikiwix.com/cache/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ibtimes.co.uk%2Fnazi-grandma-convicted-denying-holocaust-fifth-time-1643424.
- 2. "Holocaust-Leugnerin soll bis November 2020 im Gefängnis bleiben: Ursula Haverbeck soll volle Haftstrafe verbüßen," Westfalen-Blatt, November 12, 2019, https://www.westfalen-blatt.de/OWL/Bielefeld/Bielefeld/4063133-Holocaust-Leugnerin-soll-bis-November-2020-im-Gefaengnis-bleiben-Ursula-Haverbeck-soll-volle-Haftstrafe-verbuessen.
- 3. Anton Maegerle, "Nazi-Ikone verstorben,” Blick nach rechts, 2 July 2018, https://www.bnr.de/artikel/aktuelle-meldungen/nazi-ikone-verstorben.
- 4. “Gedächtnisstätte e.V.,” Belltower News, May 19, 2008, https://www.belltower.news/gedaechtnisstaette-e-v-51270/.
- 5. "Verblasenes Geraune," Antifaschistisches Info-Blatt, April 15, 2005, https://www.antifainfoblatt.de/artikel/verblasenes-geraune.
- 6. Jost Müller-Neuhof and Claudia Keller, "Holocaustverleugnung: 10.000 Euro Strafe für Piusbruder Williamson," Der Tagesspiegel, April 17, 2010, https://www.tagesspiegel.de/gesellschaft/panorama/holocaustverleugnung-10-000-euro-strafe-fuer-piusbruder-williamson/1803138.html.
- 7. Andreas Speit, "AfD und 'Identitäre Bewegung': 'Die können alle zu uns kommen,'" taz, October 17, 2016, https://taz.de/AfD-und-Identitaere-Bewegung/!5345807/.
- 8. a. b. "'Querdenken' mit Nazis: Wirrköpfe unter sich," Der Spiegel on YouTube, September 7, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMC_yOgCPIo.
- 9. "Einleitendes Vorgespräch mit Ursula Haverbeck," GoldenAUroraniS on YouTube, March 7, 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7-Ge0Aiogg&feature=emb_title.
- 10. Angela Schaller's channel on BitChute, https://www.bitchute.com/channel/J4iuwpFWMTfR/.
- 11. "Robert Faurisson International Prize awarded to Ursula Haverbeck," Heritage and Destiny, January 27, 2019, http://www.heritageanddestiny.com/robert-faurisson-international-prize-awarded-to-ursula-haverbeck/.
- 12. "Matthias Deyda," Abgeordnetenwatch.de, https://www.abgeordnetenwatch.de/profile/matthias-deyda.
- 13. Twitter post by @_investigate_, September 3, 2020, https://twitter.com/__investigate__/status/1301562664712392709.
- 14. a. b. c. Wiebke Ramm, "92-jährige Holocaust-Leugnerin: 'Ich halte dieses Verfahren für höchst fragwürdig,'" Der Spiegel, November 17, 2020, https://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/prozess-gegen-holocaust-leugnerin-ursula-haverbeck-ich-halte-dieses-verfahren-fuer-hoechst-fragwuerdig-a-2b38a995-ceb7-4053-9c42-4ae2500d1af1.