Institute for Historical Review

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The Institute for Historical Review (IHR) is an American organization founded in 1978. Originally, it was a very influential revisionist, especially Holocaust revisionist, organization. More recently, it has been criticized for various reasons by revisionists, such as internal conflicts and inactivity regarding revisionism.


The Institute was established by Willis Carto and various revisionists, after Holocaust revisionism had already gained considerable momentum due to early revisionist publications by various authors.[1]

The influential Journal of Historical Review was published between 1980 and 2002.

The organization organized several conferences with many prominent revisionists. The last one was apparently in 2004, except for later minor ones, such as evening gatherings on occasion of the presence of some more or less prominent speaker.[1]

In 2009, following a series of internal conflicts, decreasing revisionist activity and becoming increasingly irrelevant, Mark Weber, the IHR's director, published a Holocaust revisionist lite article, also claiming that Holocaust revisionism had had little influence (ignoring the role of the decline of the IHR itself in this) and instead advocated that focus should be shifted to issues such as criticizing "Jewish-Zionist power", conveniently providing an excuse for the revisionist inactivity and irrelevance of the IHR.

Regarding various criticisms by revisionists, see the "External links" section.


  • "...If I'm 'courageous,' what do you call Mark Weber and the Institute for Historical Review? They have been smeared far worse than I have; moreover, they have been seriously threatened with death. Their offices have been firebombed. Do they at least get credit for courage? Not at all. They remain almost universally vilified. When I met Mark, many years ago, I expected to meet a raving Jew-hating fanatic, such being the generic reputation of 'Holocaust deniers.' I was immediately and subsequently impressed to find that he was just the opposite: a mild-mannered, good-humored, witty, scholarly man who habitually spoke with restraint and measure, even about enemies who would love to see him dead. The same is true of other members of the Institute. In my many years of acquaintance with them, I have never heard any of them say anything that would strike an unprejudiced listener as unreasonable or bigoted."Joseph Sobran, who for years was a nationally syndicated columnist and a National Review senior editor, about Weber and the IHR at the 2002 IHR Conference

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External links

Criticisms from revisionists