Institute for Historical Review
The California-based IHR, which split with Willis Carto in 1993, remains
the world's single most important outlet for Holocaust-denial propaganda.
While the IHR seeks to gain credibility by working under the guise of
scholarship and impartiality, many of its staffers and Editorial Advisory
Committee members often participate in pro-Nazi and anti-Jewish activities.
Current director Mark Weber was an activist in the National Alliance during
the 1970s, and editorial advisor Robert Faurisson was convicted three
times of violating French hate-crime laws because of his anti-Semitic
activities. Other active participants in IHR include David Irving, the
leading Holocaust denier in England, and Ernst Zündel, Canada's most notorious
In addition to distributing a wide array of Holocaust-denying books,
IHR publishes a bi-monthly magazine, The Journal of Historical Review
(JHR), and organizes periodic "revisionist" conferences. At
a 1983 IHR conference, British neo-Nazi Keith Thompson's declaration that
"if, in the end, the Holocaust did take place, then so much the better!"
was met with thunderous applause.
From 1996 to 1998, IHR Associate Director Greg Raven housed extensive
IHR materials at his "personal" Web site, which he claims is
"not supported, sponsored, or financed by the Institute for Historical
Review."31 To head off charges that the materials published
by his site are anti-Semitic, Raven makes the following disingenuous statement
on his Home Page:
If you find material on this Web site that is untrue, please tell me
and I will change it. If you find material on this Web site that is
racist or hateful, please tell me and I will remove it.
Raven's "personal" site continues to exist, though he moved
all of his IHR materials to a separate, "official" IHR site
in March 1998.
The IHR Web site contains hundreds of online "revisionist"
pamphlets, books, and articles, as well as a complete index of the JHR.
Among IHR's leaflets, one finds "Auschwitz myths and facts,"
which claims that "Auschwitz was not an extermination center"
and that "the story of mass killings in 'gas chambers' is a myth."
Many JHR articles are reprinted in their entirety, including "Is
The Diary of Anne Frank genuine?"
Additionally, IHR publishes the full text of a few books at its site,
such as Did Six Million Really Die? by British "revisionist"
Richard Harwood. Explaining why it is so urgent for neo-Nazis to suppress
the reality of the Holocaust, Harwood complains in his book that awareness
of the Holocaust overshadows Nazi "ideals" such as "nationalism"
and "racialism" while promoting "the need for international
tolerance and understanding."