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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ken McVay)
Subject: HOLOCAUST FAQ: Willis Carto & The Institute for Historical Review (1/2)
Expires: 2 Nov 1994 08:00:02 GMT
Summary: Research guide to Willis Carto's racist machine
Organization: The Old Frog's Almanac, Vancouver Island, CANADA
Keywords: Carto,Liberty Lobby,IHR,Spotlight,O'Keefe,Weber
Date: Thu, 08 Sep 94 08:00:09 GMT
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McVay, Kenneth N. (1994) "HOLOCAUST FAQ: Willis Carto & The Institute
for Historical Review" Usenet news.answers. Available via anonymous ftp
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IHR: A Layman's Guide to Willis Carto
& The Institute for Historical Review (Part 01)
1.0 Introduction & Editorial Notes............................. 1
1.1 Copyright Notice......................................... 1
2.0 Background Information..................................... 1
2.1 Willis Carto............................................. 2
2.2 Liberty and Property..................................... 5
3.0 IHR Publications........................................... 5
3.1 Noontide Press........................................... 6
3.2 The IHR Newsletter....................................... 7
3.3 The Journal of Historical Review......................... 7
3.4 The Spotlight............................................ 7
3.5 Advisory and Editorial Personalities & Authors........... 8
3.51 Andrew Arnold.......................................... 8
3.52 Dr. Robert Faurisson................................... 8
3.53 Dietlieb Felderer...................................... 9
3.54 William Lindsay........................................ 9
3.55 Theodore O'Keefe....................................... 9
3.56 Greg Raven.............................................10
3.57 Henri Roques...........................................10
3.60 Udo Walendy............................................10
3.65 Mark Weber.............................................10
4.0 Political Organization.....................................16
4.1 National Youth Alliance....................................16
4.2 Populist Action Committee..................................16
4.3 Populist Party.............................................21
5.0 IHR Investigates Conference Attendees......................22
7.0 Reference Section..........................................24
7.1 Suggested Reading........................................25
7.3 Works Cited..............................................25
[IHR] [Page 1]
1.0 Introduction & Editorial Notes
"If antisemitism has a core, factual meaning, it was demonstrated
here." Thus did Judge Bork, in 1984, dismiss the suit brought by
Willis Carto's Liberty Lobby against 'The Wall Street Journal' for
having called it "anti-Semitic."
The Coalition for Human Dignity describes the Institute for
Historical Review as "... a pseudo-academic think tank dedicated to
disproving that the Holocaust happened. Founded by the dean of
American anti-Semites Willis Carto, IHR functions as a clearinghouse
for Holocaust denial and a meeting ground for anti-Semitic scholars
in the United States." (CHD, "Denial")
This document is presented as part of a continuing effort to provide
those confronting the IHR's propaganda machine with a research tool
to help them understand the nature of the organization, its
associations and some of the principal players. It was compiled and
edited with the help of lots of concerned folks on the network; without
their assistance it probably could not have been produced. (Several
sections within this document are incomplete, and have been marked
[Work in progress] - with luck, those sections will have been completed
within the next month or so.) In particular, I would like to acknowledge
Richard Hatch's PAC contribution, which was invaluable.
The documents cited in this work which are available from our list
server are often noted in the form (Request archive filename). In
order to retrieve any document so noted, simply send an email message
to email@example.com and include the command GET ARCHIVE
FILENAME in your message.
Example: You read (Request ihr ihr.faq) and send GET IHR IHR.FAQ
1.1 Copyright Notice
This post, as a collection of information, is Copyright 1993, 1994 by Ken
McVay, as a work of literature. Distribution by any electronic means
is granted with the understanding that the article not be altered
in any way. Permission to distribute in printed form must be obtained
in writing. The removal of this copyright notice is forbidden.
2.0 Background Information
The Institute for Historical Review was founded in 1979 by Lewis
Brandon, who also served as the first director. (Lewis Brandon is an
alias for William David McCalden, a British neo-fascist who in 1975
had founded Britain's National Party, a break-away from the notorious
neo-Nazi National Front.)
The Institute for Historical Review is the moving force in the
movement to deny the Holocaust. Its initial meeting was opened by
Willis Carto, who also funds the organization, and whom some
(including Dennis King, author of the 1989 work "Lyndon LaRouche and
the New American Fascism") credit with starting it. No matter - with
McCalden out of the way (he left the IHR, and has since died), the
IHR is Carto's mouthpiece.
[IHR] [Page 2]
Among the speakers at the 1980 convention were the Swede Felderer,
convicted and institutionalised in his country, and the Frenchman,
Robert Faurisson, convicted in his country of libel and promoting racism
and expelled from his University (though he still misrepresents himself
as member of its faculty).
2.1 Willis Carto
Carto, born in 1926 in Indiana, had helped edit "Right" (a
mid-fifties San Francisco newsletter for an information clearinghouse for
antisemitic activities), was, inter alia, director of the far right
Congress of Freedom and, briefly, organiser for the John Birch
Society, from which he was later expelled.
In 1989, Dennis King provided this picture of Carto's ideological
background during his discussion of the connection between Lyndon
LaRouche, the NCLC (see Glossary, below), and Carto's Liberty Lobby
(request ihr larouche.ihr):
Carto, founder of the Liberty Lobby, was by far the most
successful and influential American anti-Semite of the 1970s. He
was an intellectual disciple of the late Francis Parker Yockey,
who roamed Europe and North America in the 1950s futilely
attempting to build an underground movement. Carto met Yockey
only once - in San Francisco in 1960, when Yockey was in jail
awaiting trial for possession of false passports. Several days
after their meeting, Yockey committed suicide in his cell by
taking cyanide. Carto, already an ultrarightist, dedicated
himself to carrying out Yockey's mission to save Western
This mission was set forth in Yockey's 'Imperium,' a 600-page
synthesis of Nazi racialism and Oswald Spengler's philosophy of
history. The book was dedicated to the 'Hero of the Second World
War' (Hitler). But Carto, although devoted to Yockey's ideas, had
no illusions about Yockey's tactics. Instead of engaging in inept
conspiracies, he concentrated on building a political movement and
developed a populist cover ideology. Although he discreetly sold
'Mein Kampf' and 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion' by mail, he
publicly denied being either a Nazi or an anti-Semite - he was
Carto defended Hitler's heritage, not by saying the Holocaust had
been a good thing, but by denying that it ever took place. He
founded the Institute for Historical Review to prove that the
alleged murder of six million Jews was a hoax invented by Zionists
to make people feel sorry for them. Carto went so far as to
publish a theory that the gas ovens at Auschwitz were really just
an industrial facility for converting coal into oil, operated by
happy well-fed Jewish prisoners.
[IHR] [Page 3]
Carto's Liberty Lobby, based in Washington, D.C., and nominally
headed by Colonel Curtis B. Dall (a former son-in-law of
President Franklin D. Roosevelt), enjoyed friendly ties with
conservative congressmen. It published a weekly tabloid, 'The
Spotlight,' which by 1979 enjoyed a paid circulation of almost
200,000*. Its articles championed income-tax rebels, protested the
plight of family farmers, and promoted quack cancer cures such as
laetrile. Its favorite political targets included the
Rockefellers, the Rothschilds, Henry Kissenger, the Council on
Foreign Relations, and the 'Zionist entity' in Palestine." (King,
*According to George and Wilcox, circulation peaked at 315,000 in 1981
and had fallen to about 90,000 by 1992. (George & Wilcox, 260)
What kind of a man is Carto? The answer to that question is suggested
by his writing:
There are 600 million Chinese and about 200 million Russians. All
united in a determination to destroy the West. And we have been
so misled that we live in a dream world - far away from reality.
Hitler's defeat was the defeat of Europe. And America. How could
we have been so blind? The blame, it seems, must be laid at the
door of the international Jews. It was their propaganda, lies and
demands which blinded the West as to what Germany was doing. ---
from a letter to Norris Holt
Who is using who? Who is calling the shots? History supplies the
answer to this. History tells us plainly who our Enemy is. Our
Enemy today is the same Enemy of 50 years ago and before - and
that was before Communism. The Communists are "using" the Jews we
are told ... who was "using" the Jews fifty years ago - one
hundred or one thousand years ago. History supplies the answer.
The Jews came first and remain Public Enemy No. 1. --- a memo to
In fact, no objective Scholar can deny today that the world would
be a far better place to live if Germany had won - even if it had
meant the defeat of American arms!
Let us first understand who won and who lost the last war. The
victors were Soviet Russia, international Communism, Red China,
Israel, international Zionism, the international money
manipulators (Wall Street-CFR crowd) and rising colored
nationalisms the world over.
[IHR] [Page 4]
Let us now name the losers: All of the European nations, most
certainly including Britain and her now non-existent Empire, the
United States, White world-hegemony and the idea of the
war-preventing, world-saving philosophy of nationalism and
non-interference in the affairs of others. ..........
(Hitler and Chamberlain, incidentally, and contrary to the massive
lies told about "Munich," worked out a sensible and workable
agreement at Munich to save Europe from a war. In return for a
free hand in the east, Hitler guaranteed Chamberlain that Germany
would not contest Britain's dominance on the seas, or covet any of
her colonies. The deal was broken by the war-madness stirred up
by the British press in obedience to the financial power after
Hitler marched on Poland - and also by pressure from Roosevelt.)
Israel and Zionism would be unknown - still a crazy
dream in the minds of a few fanatics - and the secret
international power of the Zionist conspiracy would not be in
existence nor the manifold culture distortions which flow from
this disease source into all of the western nations. ..........
Juvenile delinquency would be uncommon because the youth of
America would be filled with patriotism, the natural aftermath of
defeat in war, and there would be something to aspire to.
Desegregation and the cultural negrification of America would be
What would have been the effect of a German
victory inside Germany? It is important to remember that Hitler's
ambition stopped in Europe - he would have gone no further. He
would have stopped if for no other reason that he yearned to build
Germany into an architectural paradise. The result of German
victory would have brought a true internationalism of Europe! The
United Europe only dreamed of today would have been a certain
result of the war. ..........
The important thing to note is
that a German victory would have assured that the life-span of
the White world would have been extended for many centuries more
than now seems likely; indeed, for the "thousand years" promised
by Hitler. --- from American Mercury, Summer 1973
By the way, the author of this last article is "E. L. Anderson,
Ph.D.", which is an alias for Carto.
What kind of a man is Willis Carto? You tell me...
In 1955 Carto founded Liberty Lobby as a right-wing political
pressure group in Washington D.C., and has been running it ever since.
[IHR] [Page 5]
The Simon Wiesenthal Center's recent infiltration report has this to
say about Carto:
Willis Carto is the most influential professional antisemite in
the United States. He is the founder of Liberty Lobby, the
Institute for Historical Review, the Noontide Press (which
distributes a wide range of racist and antisemitic titles), and
the Populist Party, whose 1988 Presidential candidate was David
Duke. Carto's name came up in nearly every conversation held
between Ron Furey, S.W.C. researcher, Richard Eaton, and the
neo-Nazis. Literature produced by the Carto organization is
widely read by German's radical right. In addition, several of
those interviewed know Mr. Carto personally. (Request fascism
SWC.oprep for the full Wiesenthal report on the penetration of
Germany's extreme right.)
2.2 Liberty and Property
Diamond tells us that "...Carto had also run an outfit called Liberty
and Property, and published a monthly newsletter called 'Right', from
1955 to 1960. Through 'Right' Carto attempted to link the
segregationist Citizen's Councils with the grassroots anti-communist
groups of the McCarthy era, and with some of the unsuccessful racist
splinter parties of the time. As it grew, the Liberty Lobby would
later downplay its Klan and neo-Nazi movement connections. But the
pages of 'Right' are a goldmine of evidence on the Lobby's racist
origins and agenda. Carto recommended that his readers join up with
George Lincoln Rockwell's American Nazi Party, whose leader J. B.
Stoner was convicted for the 1958 Klan bombing of the Bethel Baptist
Church in Alabama."
3.0 IHR Publications
The IHR publishes an unreviewed "journal," "The Journal of Historical
Review," as well as "The IHR Newsletter," and "The Spotlight."
Dan Gannon, the owner-operator of the Portland, Oregon, bulletin
board system known as "banished.uucp," publishes articles from
Carto's organization on a regular basis, presumably as a public
service to those wishing to obtain a more accurate understanding of
the true nature of Carto and his associates. Many of these documents
are archived (sending the command INDEX IHR to our listserver will
provide you with an up-to-date listing of these and related files) on
oneb.almanac.bc.ca, and thus available for listserv request. (Mr.
Gannon's computer system offers its users a steady diet of
anti-Semitic and racist material; Gannon is an eager campaigner for
Mr. Carto's anti-Semitic agenda.)
Why does Gannon do it, when he knows from past experience, both on
UseNet and GEnie, that he will be laughed at and hated for doing so?
Martinez provided the answer during a discussion of free speech
issues in general, and the Alan Berg show in particular:
[IHR] [Page 6]
Alan Berg gave huge amounts of air time to racists so that he
could satisfy his ego by responding to them and ridiculing them. The
racists know they will be ridiculed when they go on such programs,
and assume they will be despised by more than 99 percent of the
people who hear them spout their venom. But none of that is of any
matter to them. The fraction of 1 percent is. There they will find
the malcontents, the embittered, the bigots, and the sincerely
concerned but ignorant people like I was. The numbers are in their
favor, and they know it. Snyder's program [Tom Snyder interviewed
David Duke on television, and seeing that show led Martinez into the
supremacist camp. knm] may have reached 2 million listeners; if only
one-tenth of 1 percent of them respond favorably, they have recruited
2,000 people, no doubt swelling the ranks of their group ten- or
twentyfold. One hundredth of 1 percent would make them happy.
A parting comment or two regarding Mr. Gannon, from those he most
Prince Otto von Bismark, a member of the great chancellor's family,
charaterized Ribbentrop as 'such an imbecile he is a freak of
nature.' The French ambassador remarked: 'I could not talk to
Ribbentrop; he listened only to himself.' Goering referred to him
as 'Germany's number-one parrot,' because of his endless repetition
of meaningless claptrap." (Conot, Robert E. Justice at Nuremberg.
New York: Harper & Row, 1983, 52-53)
One can only wonder how these folks would have viewed Mr. Gannon...
IHR publications posted to UseNet newsgroups are archived on
oneb.almanac.bc.ca, and available to the public via listserv. In
general, the filename reflects the source of the article:
IHR newsletters are prefaced with IHR, while JHR files are prefaced
with JHR. The file extensions reflect either the month and year of
publication, plus the volume number (if provided) i.e. IHR.0492n86
contains material from the April, 1993, newsletter, number 86, while
JHR.v12n4 contains material from the Journal of Historical Review,
volume 12, number 4. Spotlight articles use the form
"spotlight.mmyy," i.e. "spotlight.0193" contains material from the
January, 1993 editions.
3.1 Noontide Press
The publishing arm of the Liberty Lobby and other related
organisations is Noontide Press, which can boast of such titles as
"The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion," "The six millions
reconsidered" and "Antizion." The treasurer of its holding company is
Carto's wife and until 1981 its firm office manager was one Lewis
Additional titles offered by Noontide press include these gems:
"Amendment to the Constitution" (Pace) - a proposal to restrict U.S.
citizenship to white people.
"Our Nordic Race" (Hoskins) - an "outline (of) present threats to
Nordic survival", complete with proposed measures to "protect and
preserve the Nordic race."
"The Testing of Negro Intelligence" (Osborne & McGurk) - the authors'
findings "give little comfort to egalitarians." Those findings are
based, of course, on "performance on intelligence tests from 1966-
[IHR] [Page 7]
"For Those Who Cannot Speak" (McLaughlin) - you may have guessed
that he's not talking about Holocaust victims. This book is a
"vigorous 'case for the defense' for National Socialist Germany."
"Hitler : the Unknown Artist" (Price) - "What a magnificent
production!", gushes the blurb. "The first comprehensive... catalog
of Hitler's paintings, drawings, sketches, doodles and daydreams."
Yes, folks, his daydreams.
And don't forget perennial favorites "Hitler at My Side" and "IQ and
Martinez mentions one more book published by Noontide Press, 'The Road
Back,' and notes that it has been used as a textbook for seminars
at the Aryan Nations. "It includes an illustrated chapter on methods
for mining roads and blowing up bridges."(Martinez, 241)
Mark Weber, writing in the East Bay Express (Request ihr express.011792
for the complete Weber letter, transcribed with permission for release
claims that Noontide Press and the Institute for Historical Review are
"entirely independent" of the Liberty Lobby. This flies in the face of
reality, however, since the business license for both was filed by Carto's
wife Elisabeth, and Carto is listed on the letterhead of the IHR as
"founder." Carto's weekly, 'The Spotlight,' regularly promotes Noontide
Press as an integral part of the Liberty Lobby's "Liberty Library."
Carto has apparently lost control of his Noontide Press
publishing arm, according to The Dignity Report, a publication of
the (Portland, Oregon) Coalition for Human Dignity's Research
Department. (Request holocaust/usa/ihr carto.005 for full details.)
This during the same period when Carto was successfully removed
from his controlling position at the Institute for Historical
3.2 The IHR Newsletter
[Work in progress]
3.3 The Journal of Historical Review
[Work in progress]
3.4 The Spotlight
The Spotlight evolved from the Liberty Lobby's newsletter, "Liberty
Letter," which echoed Willis Carto's earlier anti-Semitic assaults
during the period when he controlled "American Mercury." According to
"In 1975 the lobby's _Liberty Letter_, whose circulation was more
than one-hundred thousand, was subsumed by the _Spotlight_, a
tabloid newspaper that regularly featured articles on Bible
analysis and the putative efforts of the Council on Foreign
Relations and the Trilateral Commission to dominate the nation. It
offered its readers tips on avoiding taxes and fighting the IRS.
The paper attacked Martin Luther King, Jr., as a Communist and
praised members of the Ku Klux Klan. It has memorialized Gordon
Kahl, the leader of the right-wing-extremist group Posse
Comitatus, who killed three [US] federal marshals and wounded a
number of others before he was killed in 1983 in a shoot-out with
federal agents." (Lipstadt, 150)
Lipstadt offers information which suggests that _Spotlight_'s
standards for journalistic integrity leave something to be desired:
"...In 1979 _Spotlight_'s lead article described how a global
elite planned to topple world governments. The paper claimed that
its reporter had attended an international conference in Austria
at which such plans were discussed. In truth, no one from the
_Spotlight_ attended this legitimate conference, and the reporter
who wrote the story admitted to falsifying it." (Lipstdt, 150)
Lipstadt goes on to explain that the primary focus of _Spotlight_'s
attention lies in exposing what it calls the "Jew-Zionist"
international bankers' conspiracy, aimed at Americans, and the
"Holocaust Hoax," which it maintains is an integral part of this vast
conspiracy. Holocaust denial "has also become a regular staple."
"The nature of _Spotlight_'s readership can be gauged to some
degree by the contents of its classified advertising section.
There are ads for poetry, laetrile prescriptions, dating services
for patriotic Christians, and devices for dramatically increasing
a car's gasoline mileage (these devices have supposedly been kept
off the market in a conspiracy against the American consumer). In
addition, its classified section regularly offers Nazi
paraphernalia, gun silencer parts, bullet-proof vests, clandestine
mail drops, and instructions for manufacturing false
identification." (Lipstadt, 151)
The masthead of the May 3, 1993 edition of The Spotlight lists Robert
Weems with the Southern Bureau. Weems is a former KKK leader and
founding chairman of the PAC (see Section 4.2).
The Canadian representation on the international bureau is Ron
Gostick. Gostick controls the "Freedom Council of Canada," along
with Patrick Walsh, both of whom are described as officers of the
anti-Semitic (and non-governmental) "Canadian Intelligence Service."
Walsh is said to be the "Canadian correspondent of the Liberty
Lobby," although I am uncertain as to what this refers to. (Anderson, 154)
[IHR] [Page 8]
3.5 IHR/JHR Editorial Advisory Staff & Writers
3.51 Andrew Arnold
No information available as of this date. "Andrew Arnold" was the
author of a recent (April 1993) Spotlight article attacking the Museum
of the Holocaust, in Washington, D.C. No biographical information was
provided with the article. (Request ihr spotlight.0493 to see the entire
article, as posted to UseNet by Dan Gannon.)
3.52 Dr. Robert Faurisson
Faurisson, a former French academic, contends that the Holocaust was
a hoax which benefits Israel in the form of reparation payments,
(Barrett, 162) a view commonly aired by those espousing Holocaust
denial. Seidel provides excellent background material:
In November 1978 Robert Faurisson wrote a letter on the
'problem' of the gas chambers. Its timing was important. Its
publication in Le Monde followed close on the heels of a
scandalous interview with Darquier de Pellepoix in the weekly
magazine, L'Express. Darquier was the Vichy Commissioner
General for Jewish Affairs. Darquier has been described as
the 'French Eichmann'--though even Eichmann, the architect of
the 'Final Solution', did not seek to deny its reality. ...
The Holocaust denial in France has become synonymous with the
Faurisson affair. What is more, it has become embroiled with
Noam Chomsky, the distinguished American linguist and staunch
opponent of the Vietnam war. (Request ihr seidel.001 for
Seidel's discussion of Chomsky's role - it is beyond the scope
of this FAQ. knm)
Faurisson's book is entitled Memoire en Defense--contre ceux qui
m'accusent de falsifier l'histoire. La question des chambres a
gaz (Testimony in Defence: Against those who Accuse me of
Falsifying History. The Question of the Gas Chambers). It is
Faurisson's answer to the accusation of falsifying history.
Testimony in Defence was published in Paris by Pierre Guillaume
for the left anarchist publishing house, La Vieille Taupe (The
Old Mole), in 1980. ...
Faurisson's denial of the Holocaust first appeared in the
satirical Canard Enchame ["Le Canard Enchaine".knm] on 17 July
1974. It subsequently gained public attention in December 1978
when the influential Paris daily, Le Monde, published a letter from
Faurisson headed 'The problem of the "gas chambers" or "The rumour
of Auschwitz"'. He wrote with calculated cynicism: 'The
non-existence of the "gas chambers" is good news for poor humanity.
Good news like this should not be suppressed any longer.'
[IHR] [Page 9]
Robert Faurisson is not a historian. He belongs to a long line
of antisemitic academics and literary critics. Until recently,
he was a lecturer in twentieth-century French literature at the
University of Lyons II. He specialises in revealing 'the real
meaning' of texts. In Faurisson's view, texts have one
particular meaning, or none at all, an approach to stylistics he
calls 'the Ajax method'--because 'it scours as it cleans as it
shines'. (Seidel, 98-111. Seidel provides extensive information
regarding Faurisson's background, writing, and trial. Request
ihr seidel.001 to review his material.)
Faurisson has also pronounced the Diary of Anne Frank and the
Gerstein Report to be "fabrications and falsifications," and asserts
that the Holocaust "lie" is essentially "Zionist" in origin, and that
it has led to a "huge financial swindle of which the state of Israel
is the principal beneficiary." It was the widespread publication of
this sort of material that led the Dean of Lyons University to
suspend Faurisson's lectures.
Faurisson was one of the four members of the IHR advisory board who
testified at the trial of Ernst Zundel in Canada.
3.53 Ditlieb Felderer
Felderer, testifying at the trial of Ernst Zundel (Canada), explained
his conviction on a charge of "threatening or expressing contempt for
a group" for publishing a "Jewish Information" tract entitled "Please
accept this hair of gas victim," which he described as satire, by
stating that he was being "persecuted by Zionists." (Bilodeau)
According to the Toronto Star, "Felderer called his native Sweden a
'totalitarian state' and compared his trial to a 'Soviet show trial,'
and "...said Nazi concentration camps were more humane than modern
3.54 William Lindsay
Lindsay was one of the four members of the IHR advisory board who
testified at the trial of Ernst Zundel in Canada. (Barrett, 162) Any
additional documented information which we can utilize to augment
this section will be appreciated.
3.55 Theodore O'Keefe
In an article published to coincide with the official opening of the
Washington, D.C. Holocaust Museum, one editor is briefly
described as follows:
"Theodore J. O'Keefe is an editor with the Institute for
Historical Review. Educated at Harvard University, he has studied
history and literature on three continents, and has published
numerous articles on historical and political subjects."
[IHR] [Page 10]
According to the 1990 Harvard Alumni Directory, Mr. O'Keefe failed
to graduate, so the reader will have to make his own decision about
whether or not he obtained his education there. Additional material would
The above "bio" of Mr. O'Keefe would seem to be simply one
more example of how the IHR can be relied upon to mislead its
readers. (We have written to the IHR [April, 1993] and asked for more
informative information regarding Mr. O'Keefe's educational background
and areas of expertise, but no additional information has been provided.)
3.56 Greg Raven
Mr. Raven, an Associate Editor with the Journal of Historical Review,
offers insight into his personal political beliefs in this message which
he posted during a GEnie debate into Holocaust denial:
Category 15, Topic 4
Message 33 Fri Mar 13, 1992
G.RAVEN at 03:02 EST
My only concern is in going after the facts. As such, I am
not interested in defending Adolf Hitler to my dying
breath. I will say, however, that he was a great man ...
certainly greater than Churchill and FDR put together, and
possibly the greatest leader of our century, if not longer.
This is not to say that he was perfect, but he about the
best thing that could have happened to Germany.
3.57 Henri Roques
Roques...wrote a thesis titled 'Confessions of Kurt Gernstein: A
Comparative Study of Different Versions - A Critique.'..[he] claims
in his thesis to have 'scientifically' disproved that the gas
chambers at Auschwitz were used for mass murder. After submitting his
'revisionist' thesis to the University of Paris, where it was
rejected, he received his doctorate with distinction from the faculty
of letters of the University of Nantes.
A government investigation into the granting of his degree revealed a
number of irregularities:
First, Roques transferred from the University of Paris
to Nantes...three months after the deadline for
student enrollment had passed and without
authorization from the University rector. Second, he
did not have the necessary qualifications or title for
presenting a thesis in literature or history. Third,
the mandatory oral examination did not take place.
Fourth, he wrote the thesis in two months rather than
the two years required minimum registration period.
Finally, the signature of one of the examiners said to
have been present at the presentation of the thesis
In 1986, the French Minister of Higher Education... invalidated
Roque's thesis citing the above irregularities....
Since 1986, Roques has established close ties to the IHR. He was a
guest speaker at their Eighth Annual Conference in 1987, and joined
their Editorial Advisory Committee in 1990. IHR now offers Roque's
discredited thesis for sale on its mail-order booklists." (Caplan,
[IHR] [Page 11]
3.60 Udo Walendy
Udo Walendy was described in the Simon Wiesenthal Center infiltration
report as follows:
Udo Walendy is a notorious Holocaust denier who, for years,
has served on the advisory board of the Journal of Historical
Review, the official publication of the Institute for Historical
Review of Costa Mesa, California. (see entries for Mark Weber and
Willis Carto) ...Walendy expressed interest in ... offering his
assistance in the creation of a Nazi center in Germany. (Request
fascism SWC.oprep for the full infiltration report.)
3.65 Mark Weber
In response to my query, the IHR provided the following background
information concerning Mr. Weber:
Mark Weber was born in October 1951 in Portland, Oregon, where he was
also raised. He graduated from Jesuit High School there in 1969.
He studied at the University of Illinois (Chicago), the University of
Munich (Germany), and Portland State University, from where he
received a Batchelor's degree in history (with high honors). He then
did graduate work in history at Indiana University (Bloomington),
where he served as a history instructor and received a Master of Arts
degree in European history in 1977.
He has travelled widely in Europe and northwestern Africa. He lived
and worked for two and a half years in Germany (Bonn and Munich), and
for a time in Ghana (West Africa), where he taught English, history
and geography at an all-Black secondary school.
During the five years he lived in Washington, D.C. (1978-1983) he
carried out extensive research on the Holocaust issue at the National
Archives and the Library of Congress. Weber is the author of numerous
articles, reviews and essays dealing with the Holocaust story, and
his writings on other historical, political and social issues have
appeared in a variety of periodicals.
In March 1988 Weber testified for five days in Toronto District Court
as a recognized expert witness on the "Final Solution" and the
He moved to Southern California at the beginning of 1991 to work for
the Institute for Historical Review. He is now editor of the 'Journal
of Historical Review,' published six times years by the IHR.
[IHR] [Page 12]
Mark Weber serves as Carto's pipeline to the German paleo-nazis, as was
conclusively demonstrated by the Simon Wiesenthal Center's recent
penetration of the German right. Here's what the infiltration report has
to say about Mr. Weber's Nazi connections:
Mark Weber works for the Institute for Historical Review (Costa
Mesa, California), one of several antisemitic organizations
founded by Willis A. Carto. The I.H.R. devotes most of its time
to spreading the bizarre notion that the Holocaust is wildly
exaggerated and that the gas chambers of Hitler's death camps are
a myth. In 1978, Weber was identified as the news editor of the
National Vanguard, the publication of William Pierce's neo-Nazi
group, the National Alliance.
Weber's name came up in several conversations with German
neo-Nazis, including Wolfgang Kempkens and Roy Godenau. As part
of Ron Furey's cover, a "cold" phone line at the Simon Wiesenthal
Center was attached to an answering machine informing the caller
that he/she had reached The Right Way. That phone number was
known only to the Center's senior research staff, Ron Furey, and
the neo-Nazis to whom it was given.
At 2:55pm on Friday, February 12, 1993, a man identifying himself
as Mark Weber called the number, requested a copy of The Right
Way, and left his P.O.B. address for mailing. The Center's
graphics department sent him a colorful subscription application
for the non-existent periodical, instead. This was apparently
enough to satisfy Mr. Weber's curiosity because he soon acceded
to Ron's request for a meeting.
That meeting took place on February 27, 1993 at the Cafe
Westminster in Westminster, California. It was filmed by a CBS
camera crew stationed in a van outside. Mr. Furey spoke to Mark
Weber at length about the "state of the movement" in Germany. To
help establish his credibility, he showed Weber several photos
picturing him and several German neo-Nazis together. Weber
correctly identified them all.
Weber soon felt comfortable enough to discuss the miserliness of
his current employer and to ask about the possibility of finding
work with The Right Way. He was also recommended by Reinhard
Kopps (see entry) to Richard Eaton for a separate project.
Kineahora@cup.portal.com (Chana Braun) provided us with an
interesting glance into Mark Weber's intregity when she wrote
<firstname.lastname@example.org> that "...I have excellent evidence that Mark Weber
colors the truth (to put it mildly) in regards to debates," and then
went on to detail a series of exchanges between a Holocaust denier
and others on another computer network.
[IHR] [Page 13]
Her article outlined the exchange dealing with Mark Weber's being
invited to join in the debate, and Mr. Weber's demand that she
(Chana Braun) not "bring in any outside help" in her debate with him.
(Mr. Weber, quite clearly, was not the least bit interested in an
open and comprehensive debate on a public computer network.)
(request ihr webers.feet for the entire text of Chana's article.)
As Chana explains:
There was absolutely no response to that reply
and nothing more was heard concerning the possibility of an open
discussion on that network until the February 1992 issue of the
IHR Newsletter. Here, then is the way that it was reported (and
keep in mind that Mark Weber is the editor of the Newsletter).
"In the January Newsletter I told about an IHR activist who had
received a challenge to publicly debate the Holocaust on [the
network] open forum bulletin board computer service - the largest
interactive computer network.
...After we promptly offered Mark Weber to represent that
Revisionist [sic] side, XXX suddenly flip-flopped. Deciding that
she is not a 'scholar' after all, but merely an 'amateur,' she
complained that it would be 'unfair' for her to have to face a
The plot in this story thickens. The one opposing the Holocaust
Deniers on that network wrote a letter to the editor of the
Newsletter (i.e. Mark Weber). Since the IHR is such a staunch
champion of Freedom of Speech, it seems strange that 3 months
later, that letter has still not received a reply much less been
printed in the IHR Newsletter.
[IHR] [Page 14]
Here, then, is the letter that the IHR Newsletter refuses to
print or even acknowledge:
February 27, 1992
Mark Weber, Editor
Institute of Historical Review
1822 1/2 Newport Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
I read with interest the article in your IHR Newsletter #85
February 1992 concerning [the network] and me. This is truly a
work of revisionism (e.g. distorting the facts to fit into your
personal view of the world) and, since those connected with the
IHR claim that they are eager to be taken seriously, it is
surprising that I was not contacted for comment before you went
Let's get the facts straight. Your "IHR activist" was posting
messages denying the Holocaust. I responded. He claimed that
no one was willing to debate the Holocaust. This, of course, is
absurd. I told him that he could name his sources and begin.
He posted a message about The Leuchter Report. I rebutted his
erroneous statements. (By the way, I don't believe he has read
the report. You might want to check on that before you
encourage his "activism" too much.) He then suddenly claimed on
the public board that he didn't have time to debate and he was
trying to get someone online from the IHR. I responded by
telling him that everyone was welcome. That is when he
contacted you and you agreed to come online.
What your "IHR activist" presented to me were a set of
ridiculous conditions. They included that the debate take place
only between you and me and that it be advertized on [the
network]. I was told to contact the "Arts Club Leader" to urge
her to agree. First, [the Arts Club Leader] doesn't have the
authority to grant such requests. Even if she did, as I told
your "activist," there are no precedents to such a closed debate
on Prodigy and that involving the Arts Club Leader might even be
counter-productive. My reasoning was this: "In fact, involving
the Arts Club leader might be counter-productive in that it
calls attention to this single debate and, if it ever begins,
our messages might undergo closer scrutiny by the censors. I
don't think either of us wants that." In fact, since you are
such a champion for "open debate," I was very surprised that you
wished for this one to be closed to others.
[IHR] [Page 15]
One of the amusing requirements for your participation in the
debate was an agreement by me that I would have no outside help
(whatever that means). This amusement I expressed to your
"activist" in the following quote: "I am an amateur (i.e. I
don't get paid by anyone to research the Holocaust, I am not
employed by anyone or any organization that has an interest in
the Holocaust and/or Holocaust Denial, etc.). You have
presented yourself in the same manner. Mr. Weber, I think you
would agree, is a professional. There is no prohibition against
him joining the discussion but I do think it odd that you ask
that I not ask for any outside help when you are bringing in a
If you notice, I claim amateur status because I don't get paid -
not because I am not a "scholar" or because it would be "unfair"
for me to have to debate a professional. Yet, you are
apparently so frightened of debating in a situation where you
cannot control all the factors that I heard nothing else from
you or your "activist." Please notice, I did not say I wouldn't
agree to your terms regarding outside help. I only said that I
found it "odd" that a professional would insist on such a term
before debating an amateur.
However, the greatest part of your article had to be the
sub-headline of "Another Anti-Revisionist Gets Cold Feet." I
assure you, Mr. Weber, that my feet are toasty warm. In fact,
I closed my message to your "activist" with the following: "I
guess the main question is: Do you and Mr. Weber desire to have
an open discussion or not? If so, post a message (either on
your own or one on behalf of Mr. Weber). That is the manner in
which all other discussions are initiated on [the network] and I
don't see any need to make an exception for this one."
I am still waiting for an answer to that question. What
temperature are your feet, Mr. Weber?
Mr. Weber, to our knowledge, has still not either printed the above
letter in the "open" IHR Newsletter or responded privately to Ms.
Braun. Given that more than a year has passed, it would seem that Mr.
Weber's feet are rather chilly indeed.
In an article published in the Express, a San Francisco Bay Area
weekly newspaper, Paul Rauber included the following comments about
[IHR] [Page 16]
The question [of whether the IHR denies the Holocaust] appears to
turn on IHR's Humpty-Dumpty word game with the word Holocaust.
According to Mark Weber, associate editor of the IHR's _Journal of
Historical Review_, "If by the `Holocaust' you mean the political
persecution of Jews, some scattered killings, if you mean a cruel
thing that happened, no one denies that. But if one says that the
`Holocaust' means the systematic extermination of six to eight
millions Jews in concentration camps, that's what we think there's
not evidence for." That is, IHR doesn't deny that the Holocaust
happened; they just deny that the word "Holocaust" means what
people customarily use it for. (Rauber, 'Sticks')
Weber's claim for the "independence" of the IHR is marked by the
same disingenuousness that characterizes that institutes
scholarship. In 1980 the business license for "The Noontide
Press/Institute for Historical Review" was filed by Elisabeth
Carto, wife of Liberty Lobby founder and treasurer Willis Carto.
Carto himself is listed on IHR's letterhead as "founder." IHR's
activities are regularly promoted in the Spotlight, as are the
racist and anti-Semitic books by Noontide Press, which are
advertised as part of the Lobby's "Liberty Library." (Rauber,
[Continued in Part 02]
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