Görlitz city councilor Jens Jäschke has been kicked out of the AfD faction in the city council for a post he made on Facebook congratulating the Holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck on her release from prison.
Ursula Haverbeck was sentenced to 10 months in prison for Holocaust denial and has been known to associate with far-right political groups and neo-Nazis. She became a member of a group called the “Society for the Rehabilitation of Those Persecuted for Refutation of the Holocaust”. The organization was banned in 2008 by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior for being hostile to the constitution of Germany. She protested the trial of Oskar Gröning, the so-called “Accountant of Auschwitz”. She is a well-known figure of the far-right scene.
After Jäschke’s post generated an outcry, he removed it and made a new post stating that he was sorry and claimed that he „was not aware who the old lady was“ when he shared the post about her release and added text congratulating her. This post has also since been deleted from his Facebook profile.
Holocaust denial is against the law in Germany according to a law passed in 1985 and has been a criminal offense since 1994 with a penalty of up to five years imprisonment.
While Jäschke has been removed from the AfD faction in the Görlitz city council, he has indicated that he still wishes to remain in the city council without a faction and he is also still a member of the AfD party. The AfD party for the district of Görlitz will be discussing whether further action on the matter is required.
With his removal, the AfD faction, the largest faction in the Görlitz city council, has been reduced to 12 seats. There are 38 seats of the city council in total:
- AfD-Fraktion Görlitz: 12 seats
- CDU-Fraktion Görlitz: 9 seats
- Fraktion Bürger für Görlitz: 8 seats
- Fraktion Motor Görlitz / Bündnisgrüne: 5 seats
- DIE LINKE: 3 seats