The Jewish Telegraphic Agency website reports today (October 8, 2010) that an 81-year-old German woman was convicted this week of Holocaust denial, and fined nearly $1,400 by a Munich judge.
The woman -- identified only as Ursula H. -- 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.
In Germany -- as in Austria -- it is illegal to openly deny the Holocaust or disseminate Nazi propaganda. Doing so can result in a jail sentence of up to five years.
Judge Norbert Riedmann said he doubted that Ursula H. would change her views on the Holocaust, and that she had to be punished for expressing them.