German Man Convicted for Facebook Post Wishing a Jewish ‘Friend’ Gassed to Death With Zyklon-B
A German man was ordered to pay 900 euros ($1,000) for a series of antisemitic and violent statements he made on Facebook, Osthessen News reported this week.
According to the report, the 37-year-old defendant from the city of Fulda in Hesse announced on Facebook that he wished a Jewish “friend,” Jennifer P., would be gassed to death, specifically by Zyklon B, the cyanide-based pesticide the Nazi regime used to kill at least one million people during WWII.
“Six million satisfied customers can not be wrong!” the defendant apparently wrote. Later, he posted a separate death wish against untermenschen, a pejorative Nazi term for Jews, which means “sub-human.”
The man, who had no previous criminal record, argued in front of the Hesse court that he was no antisemite or racist. While he pleaded guilty, he claimed he had been under the influence of alcohol at the time of his posting.
Nevertheless, hate speech and incitement to violence are prohibited in Germany, whether in public or on the Internet. The court found his statements to be a public disturbance, and sentenced him to pay 10 euros ($11) per day for 90 days.