Institute for Historical Review
These last several months have been unusually hectic for us. At the same time, though, we've been able quietly to accomplish some important goals so that we begin this new year with renewed optimism.
On November 8 we were pleased to host a special IHR meeting here in southern California with Hajo Herrmann, German civil rights attorney (and Second World War Luftwaffe ace) as the featured speaker. He provided fascinating details about his remarkable life, and insights into the climate of intellectual repression in Germany today. (A detailed report about the meeting will appear in a forthcoming Journal issue.)
In December I was in Toronto for a week to testify in the judicial hearing of Ernst Zündel, the veteran German-Canadian publicist and free speech activist. The Orwellian "Human Rights Commission" charges that he has been spreading "hate" through the California-based Internet "Zündelsite." This case accordingly has important legal and cyber-tech implications, both in Canada and globally, for the cause of free speech and open historical inquiry.
The entire week was devoted to heated argument over whether I should be qualified as an expert witness. Although I had been warned in advance, all the same I was astonished by the malevolent and determined energy of the Jewish attorneys. During my time on the stand the squad of lawyers representing B'nai B'rith Canada, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, and the "Human Rights Commission" viciously attacked and hectored me.
The "Human Rights Tribunal" qualified me anyway. I'm now set to return when the hearing resumes in mid-April, to testify about historical revisionism, the role of the "Holocaust cult" in society, uses and abuses of the Holocaust campaign, and so forth. We'll keep you posted.
While I was in Canada, I also addressed a meeting sponsored by Paul Fromm's Canadian Association for Free Expression (CAFE), which has "intervener" status in the Zündel hearing.
I apologize for, once again, belatedly delivering another Journal issue. Thank you for your forbearance. In this new year, I am determined to overcome this embarrassing and harmful situation by getting the Journal back on schedule.
Greg and I have been gratified by an especially generous year-end outpouring of financial support from friends of the IHR. Such staunch backing has been crucially important as we have wrestled with the emergency caused by the legal battle with Willis Carto. Happily, our persistence and hard work now seem to be bearing fruit. Given the progress we've quietly made in recent months, we are hopeful that 1999 will bring, at long last, an end to this costly and time-consuming crisis.
Once we've gained some substantive "breathing room," we'll be able to hire much-needed staff personnel so that we can publish new books, bring out the Journal punctually, schedule a full-scale IHR Conference, and otherwise revive and rebuild the Institute.
Once again, many thanks! Your steadfast support has meant the difference between life and death for the Institute and its vital work.
P.S. From all of us here at the IHR, cordial best wishes for the new year!