Institute for Historical Review
|Institute for Historical Review|
|Motto||For Peace And Understanding|
|Leader|| Willis Carto|
The Institute for Historical Review (IHR) founded in 1978, is a revisionist organization. It describes itself as a "public-interest educational, research and publishing center dedicated to promoting greater public awareness of history."
The IHR was originally founded by Willis Carto, the head of Liberty Lobby, and David McCalden, a former member of the British National Front. Carto's Liberty Lobby was best known for publishing The Spotlight, now reorganized as the American Free Press.
Holocaust revisionists had few outlets for their work. A few Holocaust-revisionist works had come out in the 1960s and 1970s, notably "The Myth of the Six Million" by David Hoggan, but fewer and fewer publishing houses would accept them in the new politically correct climate.
The IHR was founded with a goal to give a voice to revisionists, especially on the important Holocaust question.
The IHR is most noted for investigating claims surrounding the “Holocaust.”
An IHR spokesperson has stated, "The Institute does not 'deny the Holocaust.' Every responsible scholar of twentieth-century history acknowledges the great catastrophe that befell European Jewry during World War II. All the same, the IHR has over the years published detailed books and numerous probing essays that call into question aspects of the orthodox Holocaust extermination story, and highlight specific Holocaust exaggerations and falsehoods."
"Proof" of the Holocaust Provided
Beginning in 1979, the IHR publicly offered a reward of $50,000 for verifiable "proof that gas chambers for the purpose of killing human beings existed at or in Auschwitz." This money (and an additional $40,000) was eventually paid in 1985 to former Auschwitz inmate Mel Mermelstein, who sued the IHR for breach of contract for ignoring his "signed testimony of his experiences in Auschwitz", which the court claims was valid "proof". As a result of Mermelstein's case, a U.S. Superior Court in California declared the Holocaust an indisputable legal fact.
However, Mermelstein lost the following compensation case, because the court saw as proven, that Mel Mermelstein is a public figure, who has to be more tolerant, than a private person.
According to the IHR, Mermelstein, the allegedly "best holocaust witness" is unfortunately not "good enough".
Journal of Historical Review
International revisionist conferences were held by the IHR from 1979 through 2004, featuring speakers such as David Irving, Robert Faurisson, Ernst Zündel, Fred Leuchter, Arthur Butz, Joseph Sobran, Pete McCloskey, Bradley R. Smith, Carlo Mattogno, Jürgen Graf, Doug Collins and Radio Islam founder Ahmed Rami.
The IHR published dozens of books through the 1980s and early 1990s. After the departure of Willis Carto, book publication has declined.
Decline and Legacy
However, although the IHR is still active, its heydey is long past. Original founders Dave McCalden left the IHR and Carto lost control of the organization in a power struggle in the early 1990s, after which he founded the Barnes Review. The current head of the IHR is Mark Weber.
Non-IHR revisionists have written several criticisms of the IHR and Mark Weber (such as on inactivity and on stated Holocaust revisionism lite views). See the "External links" section.
- Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust
- Adelaide Institute
- Lineage of American nationalist organizations and individuals
- Institute for Historical Review at IHR.org
Criticisms from revisionists
- IHR: From Flagship to Millstone - How the IHR Became a "Black Hole" for Revisionist Dollars
- The Unforgivable Sins of Mark Weber by Carolyn Yeager
- Mark Weber must resign from the Institute for Historical Review by Robert Faurisson
- IHR: Is the Ship Sinking? Background and Effects of a Nine-Year Crisis by Germar Rudolf
- Mark Weber Must Go by Paul Grubach
- The best witness is not good enough
- Mark Weber: Squishy Semi-Revisionist Shirker