From firstname.lastname@example.org Tue Aug 29 10:15:26 PDT 1995 Article: 57058 of soc.culture.german Path: nizkor.almanac.bc.ca!news.island.net!news.bctel.net!news.cyberstore.ca!math.ohio-state.edu!howland.reston.ans.net!swrinde!cs.utexas.edu!not-for-mail From: email@example.com (Werner Uhrig) Newsgroups: soc.culture.german Subject: Neo-Nazi Althans jailed for 3-1/2 years Date: 29 Aug 1995 10:08:30 -0500 Organization: Home on the Ranch Lines: 29 Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> NNTP-Posting-Host: brain.cs.utexas.edu Reuter reports today, that a Berlin court has sentenced German neo-Nazi Bela Ewald Althans, 29, on yesterday to 3 1/2 years in jail for denying the Third Reich had killed six million Jews. The court found that said Althans had spread racial hatred and denigrated the state by telling shocked Jewish tourists in a gas chamber at Auschwitz that the Holocaust was a myth. This confrontation was used as a key scene in a 1993 documentary about Althans called ``Profession: Neo-Nazi'' (which was banned because it spread the ``Auschwitz lie.'' as the far right calls it) In the film, which claims to be "a critical look at the neo-Nazi scene," Althans tells the tourists: ``What is happening here is a giant farce.'' Often, dubbed the ``yuppie Nazi'' (because of his blond hair and stylish clothes), Althans had already been sentenced to 18 months by a Munich court for incitement to racial hatred. At the trial opening in July, he denied he denied being a neo-Nazi or that he had ever cast doubt on whether the Holocaust happened and said he had broken off all links to far-right groups. German law declares "denying the Holocaust" punishable by up to five years in jail; the Berlin court gave a higher (by six months) sentence than the prosecutor had asked for. -- "Free Advice and Opinions -- Refunds Available" --> What I don't know I cover up with catchy signature quotes <-- --> ( Emailed courtesy copies of follow-up articles are appreciated here ) <-- Subject: Neo-Nazi Head Jailed For Film Date: Tue, 29 Aug 95 3:50:44 PDT BERLIN (AP) -- A German neo-Nazi leader was convicted Tuesday of denying the Holocaust occurred and sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison, six months more than prosecutors requested. In a documentary film called ``Profession: Neo-Nazi,'' Bela Ewald Althans maintained it was a lie that 6 million Jews were killed during World War II by the Nazis. The Berlin State Court convicted Althans of incitement. Althans, 29, claimed during his trial that his statements in the film were merely an act and that he had sworn off right-wing extremism. Subject: German court jails neo-Nazi for race hatred Date: Tue, 29 Aug 95 9:10:59 PDT BERLIN (Reuter) - Once a smartly-dressed figure in the German far right, Bela Ewald Althans was sentenced to 3 1/2 years' imprisonment Tuesday for publicly denying the Nazis' wartime slaughter of Jews. A Berlin court said Althans, 29, had spread racial hatred and denigrated the state by telling an American visitor to the former Auschwitz death camp that the Holocaust was a myth. The confrontation was shown in a 1992 documentary about Althans called ``Profession: Neo-Nazi'' that was banned because it spread the far right's view of the Third Reich and publicized its criticism of what it calls the ``Auschwitz lie.'' ``The accused is not a violent man but he is still just as dangerous to the community,'' Judge Hans-Juergen Bruening said when he announced the verdict. ``Judicial officials in Germany have been astonishingly reluctant to prosecute agitation like this,'' the judge said. Courts can jail anyone denying the Holocaust for up to five years. ``Through his agitation, he has prepared the ground for violent acts such as those in Moelln and Hoyerswerda,'' the judge said, referring to far-right attacks on foreigners in 1991 and 1992. Three people were killed when right-wing extremists firebombed two houses occupied by Turkish immigrants in the town of Moelln, near Hamburg, in November 1992. In the eastern city of Hoyerswerda, neo-Nazi thugs laid siege for nearly a week in September 1991 to an apartment building housing foreign asylum-seekers. Althans, visibly upset, cried out, ``Incredible!'' when Bruening drew the link to those attacks. When the trial opened in July, he denied being a neo-Nazi and said he had left the far-right scene. He also said his views had been twisted and taken out of context in the film. The prison term, on top of 18 months already imposed on Althans by a Munich court in a separate trial for denying the Holocaust, went beyond the three years sought by the prosecution. He can serve the sentences concurrently. German courts have been taking a tougher line with neo-Nazis after several years of handing down light sentences. In April, a Karlsruhe court sentenced Guenter Deckert, leader of the far-right National Democratic Party, to two years in jail in a retrial after an outcry over a one-year suspended sentence imposed by another court for denying the Holocaust. The film, meant to be a critical look at the neo-Nazi scene, shows Althans telling tourists at Auschwitz, ``This was not a death camp. It was a concentration camp like the Jews have built for the Palestinians in Israel.'' Calling the murder of the Jews ``a giant farce,'' he said, ``We didn't kill them, they all survived and now they're taking money from Germany.'' ``Profession: Neo-Nazi'' was banned in Germany after a court ruled that its absence of any direct criticism of Althans made the film a platform for unfiltered Nazi propaganda. The outcry surprised the film's director Wilfried Bonengel, who meant it as a stark portrait of a neo-Nazi which would lead viewers to draw their own conclusions. Althans, a dedicated self-promoter, conducted most of his defense himself in long monologues. Althans' lawyer, Axel Krause, said his client would probably appeal.
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