BERLIN (Sep. 22)
Germany’s lower house of Parliament this week passed a wide-ranging crime bill that includes provisions making it easier to prosecute those who profess that the Holocaust never took place.
The bill passed by the Bundestag also includes a provision increasing the maximum sentence to five years’ imprisonment for such an offense, known here as the “Auschwitz Lie.”
An initial proposal called for a three-year prison term, but politicians from the opposition Social Democratic Party pushed for the tougher sentence, which has widespread public support.
The bill’s passage took place after German lawmakers crafted a compromise Monday in a conference committee. The upper house of Parliament is expected to approve the bill.