Horst Mahler Sent Back To Jail

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Horst Mahler (born 23 January 1936) is a German former lawyer and political activist.

Mahler was involved in founding the Society for the Rehabilitation of Those persecuted for Refutation of the Holocaust (Verein zur Rehabilitierung der wegen Bestreitens des Holocaust Verfolgten, VRBHV) on 9 November 2003. He announced the formation of the society with an open letter in which he stated that its objective was “to eliminate the isolation of the persecuted which has dominated so far, is to guarantee the necessary public awareness of their struggle for justice, and is to provide the financial means for a successful judicial struggle.”

Since 2003, Mahler has faced numerous charges in German courts, including a charge of Volksverhetzung in connection with statements he made regarding the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. He told the court that the incident was a “concocted conspiracy” and that “it is not true that al-Qaeda had anything to do with it.” He was also charged for Holocaust denial under the Volksverhetzung law in 2004 in connection with his role in the VRBHV. His passport was revoked by the German authorities in 2006 to prevent him attending the International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust in Tehran, Iran.

As of November 2007, Mahler was facing new Volksverhetzung charges stemming from an interview for Vanity Fair with Michel Friedman (CDU), a former vice president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. Friedman, who intended to interview Mahler about his role in the RAF, brought charges against Mahler alleging that he was greeted with a Hitler salute and a shout of “Heil Hitler, Herr Friedman!”. During the interview, Mahler told Friedman that “the systematic extermination of Jews in Auschwitz is a lie” and that Adolf Hitler was “the savior of the German people [but] not only of the German people.”

On 23 November 2007 the Amtsgericht in Cottbus sentenced Mahler to six months’ imprisonment without parole for having given a Hitler salute when reporting to prison for a nine-month term the previous year. Mahler claimed to have performed the salute as a “testimonial of his worldview” (“Zeugnis seiner Weltanschauung“).

On 21 February 2009, Mahler was sentenced by a Munich court to six years’ imprisonment without possibility of reduction or bail. During the reading of the verdict, the judge said that Mahler had proven “not able to be re-educated” and declared that the “nationalist rattle” of and “nonsense spread” by Horst Mahler should stop. On 11 March a Potsdam court then sentenced the 73-year-old Mahler to an additional five years’ imprisonment for Holocaust denial and banalization of Nazi war crimes. Mahler was adjudged an escape risk, so the sentence was carried out immediately.

Mahler was defended by Sylvia Stolz for some time, who was also convicted and imprisoned in 2008.

Horst Mahler, who at 81 years old has just been recalled to prison to serve the final 3 years of his sentence for speaking the truth about the war. He was given a total of 12 years for his speech crime but due to his diverse chronic diseases and the lack of medical care inside, he had to be released so that his leg could be amputated. Instead of then being given a chance to recover from his operation in his own home, he has effectively been given a death sentence by being recalled to prison in that state.

HM von Gerard (English)-Letter to the court

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