Harry Elmer Barnes

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Harry Elmer Barnes

Harry Elmer Barnes (June 15, 1889August 25, 1968) was an American historian, criminologist, sociologist and economist. He was one of the most influential historical revisionists. Barnes authored and edited many books which questioned and contradicted the viewpoint that Germany was solely guilty for starting World War I.

Barnes was born in Auburn, New York. He graduated from Syracuse University and obtained a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1918.

Following World War II, Barnes began to investigate American involvement in the war. Barnes intial focus concerning World War Two was in regard to the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Around 1960 Barnes first read the works of Paul Rassinier, a prominent French Socialist who had been interned at Buchenwald-Dora during the War. Rassinier's books, published originally in French, disputed whether the Germans had a policy to exterminate the Jews of Europe. Rassiner argued that there were no gas chambers for the purpose of extermination of Jews at Buchenwald or elsewhere.

In 1961, Barnes oversaw the publication of David Hoggan's Der Erzwungene Krieg (The Forced War).

In 1968, Barnes had a heart-attack in his Malibu home where he died.

Barnes research papers and letters are housed at the library of the University of Wyoming at Laramie.

In 1994, Willis A. Carto established a historical revisionist journal named after Barnes, The Barnes Review.



Selected Works

  • Blasting the Historical Blackout (May 1963)
  • The Court Historians versus Revisionism
  • The Genesis of the World War
  • Pearl Harbor after a Quarter of a Century
  • The Public Stake in Revisionism
  • Revisionism and Brainwashing: A Survey of the War-Guilt Question in Germany after two World Wars
  • Revisionism and the Promotion of Peace
  • Who Started the First World War?


  • The Struggle against the Historical Blackout (1947)


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