Institute for Historical Review

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Institute for Historical Review
Abbreviation IHR
Motto For Peace And Understanding
Existence 1978—present
Type Educational organisation
Location United States
Leader Willis Carto
David McCalden
Mark Weber

The Institute for Historical Review (IHR) founded in 1978, is a revisionist organization, said to have been inspired by the work of Dr Austin J. App. 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 previously found few outlets for their work due to a variety of forms of censorship by the establishment. 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 growing politically correct climate.

The IHR was then founded with a goal to give a voice to revisionists, especially on the important Holocaust question.


The "Holocaust"

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

The IHR published the Journal of Historical Review (JHR) from 1980-1994, and sporadically till 2002. Regarding other revisionist publications, see Category:Revisionist publications.

Revisionist Conferences

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

The IHR was earlier a major revisionist publisher. It also served to inspire other revisionist organizations, such as CODOH and Castle Hill Publishers (The Germar Rudolf publishing group).

However, although the IHR is still active, its heydey is long past. Of the 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.

See also

External link

Criticisms from revisionists