Mannheim, Germany- A 42-year-old German neo-Nazi who claims
the Holocaust never happened was jailed for 30 months by a court in
the south-western city of Mannheim on Thursday.
At the start of his trial in November, Germar Rudolf had called
the Holocaust "a gigantic fraud." He was last year expelled
from the United States to Germany, which charged him with incitement
to racial hatred.
A chemist, Rudolf has published pseudo-scientific claims that it
was impossible that Zyklon-B poison was used in the gas chambers at
the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp.
Denial of the Holocaust is punishable in Germany with up to five
years in jail.
Last month, another US-based German neo-Nazi, Ernst Zuendel, was
sentenced to five years in jail for his books and websites which
contained fulsome praise of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and abuse
Rudolf lived in the United States after his conviction by a court
in Stuttgart for inciting racial hatred in 1995 and associated with
Zuendel. The United States has no laws against neo-Nazi teachings