The Austrian Independent reports that Gerd Honsik, an Austrian Holocaust denier, has been sentenced to two years in prison for propagating Holocaust denial in his books, “Der Juden Drittes Reich” (The Jews’s Third Reich) and “Schelm und Scheusal” (Prankster and Monster). Honsik had been sentenced on at least two other occasions for promoting Nazi apologetics in other books and articles. He fled to Spain to avoid incarceration, but was extradited back to Austria in 2007.
Americans, who are rightly proud of the free speech guaranteed them by the First Amendment, often have a hard time understanding the laws in many European countries that criminalize Holocaust denial. I’ll have more to say on this in a future post.