Origins of the Denial Movement
The roots of Holocaust
denial can be found in the bureaucratic language of Nazi policy
itself, which sought to camouflage the genocidal intent of what
the Nazis called the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question," even
as these directives were being carried out. After the war, former
Nazis and Nazi sympathizers dismissed the overwhelming proof of
the Holocaust established at the Nuremberg war crimes trials; similarly,
an obscure group of post-War French Trotskyists and anarchists led
by Paul Rassinier (since deceased), seeking to advance their own
political agenda, denounced evidence of the genocide as "Stalinist
However, as an organized propaganda movement, Holocaust "revisionism" took root in 1979 when
Willis Carto, founder of Liberty Lobby -- the largest anti-Jewish
propaganda organization in the United States -- incorporated the
Institute for Historical Review (IHR).
is a pseudo-academic enterprise in which professors with no
credentials in history, writers without formal academic
certification and career anti-Semites convene to develop new
outlets for their anti-Jewish, anti-Israel and, for some, pro-Nazi
The IHR is a pseudo-academic
enterprise in which professors with no credentials in history (for
example, the late Revilo P. Oliver was a retired University of Illinois
Classics teacher; Robert Faurisson earned a Ph.D. in literature
from the University of Lyon; Arthur Butz is an engineer at Northwestern
University), writers without formal academic certification (such
as David Irving, Henri Roques and Bradley Smith) and career anti-Semites (such as Mark Weber, Ernst Zundel and the late David McCalden) convene to develop new outlets for their anti-Jewish , anti-Israel and, for some, pro-Nazi beliefs.
Since 1993, Willis Carto
has broken with the IHR in a very public, litigious feud. He has
devoted considerable funds and rhetorical vehemence to discrediting
his former employees, and has also established a rival "revisionist"
journal, The Barnes Review.
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