David McCalden c.1980
|Born||20 September 1951|
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
|Died||15 October 1990|
El Segundo, California, United States
William David McCalden (20 September 1951 – 15 October 1990) was a British politicial activist and writer. As co-founder of the Institute for Historical Review, he is notable for his involvement in the revisionist movement.
McCalden was born in Belfast. He left Northern Ireland in 1972 to study at Goldsmiths College in London. During his time at University he was widely known as "Revisionist Dave". McCalden was noted for his long hair and readiness to debate with communist fellow students.
McCalden first became involved in politics as a member of the National Front, where he became editor of the party newspaper Nationalist News. A leading supporter of John Kingsley Read, McCalden transferred his allegiance to the National Party soon after Read and other NF members founded the party in 1976. This party would not last very long. He became a leading contributor to the party journal Britain First. He also became involved in setting up organisations for hunt saboteurs known as the Hunt Saboteurs League and produced a journal on the subject called Howl. His other works at this time included Beacon, another journal, and allegedly the book Nuremberg & Other War Crimes Trials (1978), although this was initially written under the pseudonym Richard Harwood, one shared with Richard Verrall.
Emigration to US and historian of WWII
McCalden emigrated to the United States and arrived in California in 1978. Here he met up with veteran American activist Willis Carto and set up the Institute for Historical Review, of which McCalden was appointed Director and Editor-in-Chief (although he generally operated under the name Lewis Brandon in these roles). McCalden soon garnered a reputation as a leading light at decontructing propaganda about World War II and became the leading organisational figure within the IHR.
Despite this relations between McCalden and Carto were not good and in 1981 after a falling out he left the IHR and set up his own group Truth Missions. Under this imprint he published a number of journals including Revisionist Reprints, Holocaust News and David McCalden's Revisionist Newsletter and books including The Amazing, Rapidly Shrinking "Holocaust" (1987).
McCalden died, at the age of 39, in El Segundo, California, on 15 October 1990, from complications due to viral pneumonia caused by AIDS. He was survived by his second wife, Viviana, and their daughter.