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July 12, 2011

Who gets the money collected from Holocaust deniers in Germany?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 8:49 am

Bishop Richard Williamson is planning another appeal of his 2009 Holocaust denial conviction in a German court. On July 11, 2011, an appellate court in Regensburg, Germany upheld Williamson’s 2009 conviction on a charge of Volksverhetzung, the German law against “incitement of the people” which is commonly known as the law against Holocaust denial. Although Williamson lost his case on appeal, his fine was reduced from 10,000 euros to 6,500 euros or $9,230.  His fine was reduced after new information about Williamson’s income was learned.  The prosecution had also filed an appeal, asking for a larger fine.  His original fine was 12,000 euros.

Germany has streamlined its prosecution of Holocaust denial cases since the § 130 Public Incitement law was first passed in 1985.  Now when a British citizen like Bishop Williamson foolishly makes a Holocaust denial statement in private, to a Swedish journalist while he is being videotaped in Germany, that person receives a fine in the mail when the journalist makes the video public against the wishes of the Holocaust denier.

Williamson refused to pay his fine in 2009 and instead filed an appeal. If he loses his next appeal, he will finally have to pay the equivalent of $9,230.  Who gets this money?  What does the German government do with the money that is paid by Holocaust deniers?  Does the money go to offset the money that Germany still pays in reparations to the Holocaust survivors and their children?  Or is the money used for Germany’s contributions to Israel?  Will the Swedish Journalist get a cut of the money for his role in prompting the Bishop to break the law? (more…)