I remember as a child I heard about some people who spoke on behalf of the German government before and during WW2, and that those people were being sent to prison just for saying those things.
I found the following German law:
Sec 130 III of the German Criminal Code: (3) Whosoever publicly or in a meeting approves of, denies or downplays an act committed under the rule of National Socialism of the kind indicated in section 6 (1) of the Code of International Criminal Law, in a manner capable of disturbing the public peace shall be liable to imprisonment of not more than five years or a fine.
I was supposed to find Section 6(1) explained here: http://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/englisch_stgb/englisch_stgb.html#p0049. But apparently it's not there so I'm kinda stuck.
My question is the following:
Is it illegal in Germany to defend the actions of the German government between 1933 and 1945?
And if so, which people have been found guilty of violating that law and what has their punishment been?