Institute for Historical Review -- Number 4, July 2000
Thirteenth Conference Marks Revisionist Renaissance
On Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29, 2000, the Institute for Historical Review welcomed 150 revisionists and friends to Orange County, California, to see and hear the world's leading scholars and activists in the quest for truth in history. IHR director Mark Weber, corporate chief Greg Raven, and book editor Ted O'Keefe hosted the biggest line-up ever of IHR conference speakers, in stature and in numbers: leaders Arthur Butz, Robert Faurisson, and David Irving; shakers and movers Ernst Zündel, Bradley Smith, John Bennett, Robert Countess; leading-edge theorists Germar Rudolf and Jürgen Graf; new voices Fredrick Töben, Glayde Whitney, John Sack and Charles Provan; and, perhaps most notable, former US Congressman Paul "Pete" McCloskey.
This 13th International Revisionist Conference is perhaps the most important since the Institute's first, in 1979. The first full IHR conference since 1994, it demonstrated that the legal crisis has been at last surmounted, and that the IHR is once again at full function. The seventeen different speakers generated reams of new material, the lifeblood of The Journal of Historical Review. And, for the first time ever, the conference was broadcast over the Internet, bringing it to an estimated thirty times the number who heard it live on site.
This conference marked more than the recovery and revitalization of the Institute: it offered proof positive that the revisionists are uncowed by the court judgment against Irving in London, and unbowed by government persecution in Europe. The conference supplied much evidence for the vitality of revisionism, in reports on historical work accomplished or in progress. Most important, this Conference marked the growing strength and increased public profile of the IHR and the international revisionist movement, as historical revisionism moves full-strength into the twenty-first century. As former Congressman McCloskey affirmed in his banquet address: "I came because I respect the thesis of this organization, that thesis being that there should be a reexamination of whatever governments say, or politicians say, or political entities say."
Objectivity Bites Watchdogs
For the first time, an IHR conference got some decent media coverage: we revisionists were allowed to speak our minds, the inevitable spokesmen for the Jewish groups to vent their spleens. Los Angeles Times reporter Kim Murphy, who covered the conference throughout (the first reporter for a major establishment organ to do so), produced an accurate story, fairly quoting and characterizing speakers such as Irving and Weber ("Noted Holocaust Revisionist [Irving] Joins Irvine Conclave," Los Angeles Times, May 30, 2000). Such spokesmen for the Holocaust lobby as Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center reacted predictably to word of IHR's conference, reserving particular outrage at the participation of former congressman McCloskey. Spluttered Cooper:
It wasn't enough for the local Zionist watchdogs that they were sought out for their rabid opinions of our conference. (How often are revisionists approached by the press for comment on such matters as the Irving trial, or the film Mr. Death, or the bogus "memoirs" of Binjamin Wilkomirski?) Local Anti-Defamation League directors David Lehrer and Joyce Greenspan, enraged at the rare even-handedness shown by the Times story, fumed in a letter to the editor: "We were outraged to read David Irving described as one of the best-known historians of the Third Reich ... Irving and other holocaust deniers must be taken seriously and exposed for who they are and what they stand for and not accorded credibility they do not merit" (LAT, June 5), while Rabbi Michael Berenbaum, formerly in charge of smoke and mirrors as research director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, frothed in a letter reported by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency: "Once again, the Los Angeles Times has allowed itself to be used as a propaganda instrument for Holocaust denial ... [The Times story] portrays the deniers as persecuted lambs who are harassed because of their ideas."
But by then the damage -- the informed airing of specific research findings, respectful disagreement over clearly defined issues, the free exchange of dissenting opinions -- had been done.
Professor Arthur Butz spoke on contemporary questions in Holocaust revisionism, several in connection with themes in his book The Hoax of the Twentieth Century, the first serious monograph to study the Holocaust allegation critically, and still the best single study. Professor Butz talked of problems with accessing key Third Reich documents from the Berlin Document Center electronically, and discussed some recent unsavory criticisms of him and his work, from officially consecrated skeptic Michael Shermer to faux-architect Van Pelt, particularly in the light of their and their fellows' bizarre interpretations of the increasingly available documentary record for the Auschwitz crematoria. Butz closed his informative and stimulating talk with a devastating review of Binjamin Wilkomirski story: not simply how Wilkomirski's memory of his time in the camps is a fake, but how the Holocaust industry -- including Deborah Lipstadt, and Yad Vashem have continued to endorse the worth of the bogus "memoirs" even after their exposure.
Shakers and Movers
Ernst Zündel talked poignantly of his marathon struggle for freedom of expression in his adopted homeland, Canada. Much of 1990s revisionism, of course, has been a commentary on the breakthroughs achieved by Zündel in his "false news" trials of the 1980s: the Leuchter reports and the subsequent Rudolf report, David Irving's conversion to gas-chamber skepticism, and much more. Zündel related how the ludicrously named Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has been using the Zündelsite on the Internet (www.lebensraum.org), though owned and operated by Ingrid Rimland in California, as the latest pretext for muzzling him. Four years of court proceedings have so far resulted in 54 rulings, all against Zündel. The truth of the Zündelsite's contents is not an issue; the only issue for the court is the alleged hurt feelings of visitors. As Ernst made clear, with irrepressible verve, the machinations of Canada's spy and police agencies, its media, and its Jewish organizational mafia have anything but dampened the spirits of this one-man truth wave.
Searchers and Researchers
Sowers of the Seed
Dr. Robert Countess -- retired college professor, minister of the Gospel, radio host, US Army chaplain -- was his easygoing, enthusiastic, yet erudite, self. A favorite of attendees, Dr. Countess plugged his "No Holes, No 'Holocaust'!" t-shirt, and recounted his foreign adventures on behalf of revisionism, from his attempt to confer his Cremonini award for obscurantist scholarship on a Danish professor in Copenhagen to obtaining press credentials for a congress of exterminationists in Stockholm, where he was interviewed on Swedish radio. Dr. Countess also talked about his work in helping publish Germar Rudolf's anthology Dissecting the Holocaust, soon to be available from IHR.
Australian civil liberties attorney John Bennett, and a member of the IHR's Editorial Advisory Committee since its first issue, talked of some of revisionism's virtues -- a method, not an ideology; an approach wedded to neither left nor right -- and needs, including better use of humor. Bennett, an attorney whose widely available booklet Your Rights, has plugged revisionism across Australia for two decades, deprecatingly called his most important achievement recruiting Bradley Smith in Los Angeles twenty years ago -- yet revisionism's apostle Down Under sowed the seeds for the Adelaide Institute as well, and his talk expressed revisionist values at their best: the free man's cheerful quest for freedom and truth.
The IHR Team
Ted O'Keefe took a skeptical look at "Schindler's List," focusing on the reality of the supposed, live-saving list which inspired Thomas Keneally's 1982 "non-fiction novel" and the 1993 Spielberg film. O'Keefe showed that, based on the uncontested claims of the "survivors," the operative transfer list of workers to Schindler's armaments factory in Moravia was actually drawn up by a venal Jewish concentration camp capo, Marcel Goldberg. Thus it might as well be called "Goldberg's List," but, as O'Keefe related, because Schindler's demonstrable wartime activity as an armaments manufacturer, whose works were part of two different concentration sub-camps, was thoroughly in line with Third Reich policy, the tally of Schindler's Jews might just as well be called "Himmler's List," or "Hitler's List."
Emcee Greg Raven was the conference's vital glue. The man who, thanks to his versatility, persistence, and willingness to learn did as much as anyone to guide the Institute through the shoals and reefs of the recent crisis gave fluid, informative, and humorous introductions for all speakers, kept things moving smoothly (with some occasional earnest cajolery), and made a strong case for the financial support without which the IHR and revisionism cannot carry on the fight to victory.
Victors, Not Victims
In his introductory remarks, Mark Weber stated that this gathering could be called the "conference of the persecuted." He certainly spoke the truth, for the assembled speakers have endured nearly every insult and virtually every attack. They have been lampooned and libeled, in person and in print; been sued and spat on; physically assaulted, and savagely beaten; been the targets of boycotts and blacklists; had laws passed against them; lost their jobs and their livelihoods; been kept out of foreign countries, or forced to flee their own; they have been arrested, tried, jailed, and imprisoned. If Amnesty International, PEN, Human Rights Watch, and the like were honorable organizations, they would find many causes among these revisionists.
Yet there were no martyrs, no victims, no "persecuted lambs" (in Michael Berenbaum's words), in evidence at this conference. Despite their past and future trials, the revisionist scholars and activists gathered Memorial Day weekend came across as not only brave, but graceful, even jaunty, in their shouldering the consequences for the fight for freedom and knowledge. Fred Töben cracked that he'd done a few things wrong in his life, so he didn't begrudge his German jailers the seven months he has already served. Jürgen Graf will return to his native Switzerland to serve fifteen months for historical heresy beginning in October. David Irving, triumphant in defeat, is organizing to fight on to restore his name and to regain the big publishers that have made his books worldwide best-sellers.
It was a gathering of men of action and ideas whose attitude toward life shone through. Men such as Arthur Butz, who once explained that he wrote The Hoax because, after all, if he'd stuck his finger into the ground and found that the earth was hollow, right or wrong, it was his duty to tell people. Like Germar Rudolf, who described how, faced with doing revisionist work in areas of which he knew little, he thought back to childhood days, in which we wonder "Why me?" and not the other sibling, and began to ask "Why not me?" Or, as Robert Faurisson told the conference, he, a Frenchman, revises German history because, like a bird singing, it is in his nature.
Continuity and Progress
Four speakers at this IHR Conference -- John Bennett, Arthur Butz, Robert Faurisson, and Ernst Zündel -- addressed IHR's first conference in 1979. How many foresaw then, twenty-one years ago, that an institute devoted to the historical truth about the Second World War, a group that dared grasp the nettle of the Holocaust, would survive firebombs and lawsuits, censorship and smears, and years of wearing legal conflict to be hard at work in the year 2000? Who would have dared predict that our institute and its allied scholars from around the world would smash the arguments of the exterminationists, throw them on the defensive, and be hot on the trail of the decisive evidence, in the archives and in the physical remains of crematoria, on the truth of the Holocaust accusation? And, of those who attended that very first IHR conference, who might have foreseen that in the year 2000 the Institute would include in its conference line-up a David Irving, a Paul McCloskey, and such respectful dissidents as John Sack and Charles Provan?
While the revisionist speakers set the tone and supplied much of the substance, there would have been no conference without the attendees. Like the speakers, the hundred fifty or so men and women who attended the Conference were a select group -- and a revisionist internationale. Traveling to Southern California from a dozen foreign countries and from across the United States, the attendees included young and old, students and retirees, black and white, Germans and Jews. Several dozen conference attendees had served in America's armed forces and stood tall when Greg Raven, honoring the spirit of Memorial Day, asked the veterans present to stand up. Morale was high; the conference was well run, and the amenities of the hotel were first rate.
As noted, each conference address was broadcast live over the Internet, an IHR first. An estimated five thousand listeners "tuned in" to the conference, and many more will be able to access the audio of each lecture, currently linked through IHR's Website (www.ihr.org) -- yet another facet of the growing revisionist mastery of the Internet. No wonder our enemies are trying so desperately to censor the Internet!
Reactions from conference goers -- including seasoned veterans, first-time attendees, and conference speakers -- have been overwhelmingly enthusiastic, to judge from attendee surveys, e-mail, and word of mouth. John Bennett wrote: "Congratulations on your excellent conference. It was well organized and informative -- very good for everyone's morale.... I particularly enjoyed the humor and wit of Robert Faurisson, Bradley Smith, and Robert Countess, and as a lawyer I was fascinated by David Irving's talk." One longtime IHR supporter wrote: "Thank you for a dynamite Memorial Day weekend. The speeches of Robert Faurisson, Germar Rudolf and Jürgen Graf were nothing less than stirring. The other talks were all first class also."
One of the record-high eight students helped by IHR supporters to attend the conference put it this way:
Nor was the impact of the conference felt simply in accolades. One speaker, Professor Glayde Whitney, was moved to cancel his keynote address, scheduled for an academic conference in Germany this summer, after hearing of the German government's repressive measures against open inquiry on the Holocaust.
As the conference closed, as farewells until the next meeting were exchanged; as the revisionist researchers and publicists headed back to their archives, libraries, and offices; and as the attendees departed to their homes around the world, it felt more like a beginning, a commencement, than an ending. This conference had launched historical revisionism into a new century.
Conference Audio Tapes
If you've ever attended a stirring event -- a political rally, an outstanding opera or musical, or an exciting ball game -- you know that newspaper reports or reviews, no matter how good they are, are nearly always just a faint echo of how things really were. Sure, they can tell you what happened, sort of -- but not how what you saw and heard thrilled you to the core. It's the same for our conference -- but the next best thing to being there is listening to Robert Faurisson, Germar Rudolf, Arthur Butz, Fred Töben, John Sack, and the other outstanding Conference speakers. These audiotapes get you closer, faster to the Conference experience than anything else. Order the complete set today for $140, and receive a free cassette album to hold all fourteen tapes.
Founding Myths Now Available!
Now, in English, the revisionist classic that opened the eyes of the Third World to the Holocaust myth!
You've read of Roger Garaudy's Founding Myths of Modern Israel in the JHR: the outrage its publication set off among France's Jewish intellectual elite; its eminent author's 1998 trial for historical heresy in Paris; and the mighty outpouring of financial and moral support Garaudy received from his fellow Muslims. Today, you can order your own copy of this vital, unique book!
Make no mistake -- The Founding Myths of Modern Israel is like no other revisionist book. A brilliant study by a French intellectual who is one of a kind -- philosopher, ex-Communist, theologian, convert to Islam -- Founding Myths is the only work that puts the Holocaust legend in the context of Zionist and Jewish political, historical, and theological myths, and the only work to place these myths in the context of the Holocaust deception.
The IHR edition of Roger Garaudy's Founding Myths is the most complete, most up-to-date, most accurate version in any language: it includes Garaudy's commentary on his crucifixion at the hands of the intellectual and political oracles who once hailed him, as well as the analysis of Zionism, Judaism, and the Holocaust that has made Founding Myths the perfect outreach tool vehicle for Muslims, black nationalists, and other readers once beyond the ambit of traditional revisionist writing.
Founding Myths is a book you'll be proud to own. It will stimulate, instruct, and occasionally anger (no, Garaudy hasn't junked all his leftist ideas!). And, with its handsome cover and its sophisticated yet highly readable content, it's a book you'll be proud to show, to lend, to give to friends, relations, and a whole new world of prospects for revisionism.
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Your Help is Needed
In the name of the Institute for Historical Review, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your past support. Several big contributions were critical in making this Conference possible, but even the smallest gift helped make possible such grace notes as:
This editor still recalls the impression that works such as David Irving's Destruction of Dresden and Austin App's Morgenthau Era Letters made on him as a college undergraduate in the 1960s. I remember no less vividly buying and reading, as an American GI stationed in Germany in 1971-72, Udo Walendy's Europa in Flammen and David Hoggan's Der Erzwungene Krieg. Yet how much more effective it is to be able to see, hear, and meet such scholars -- and heroes -- of the battle for historical truth as David Irving, Arthur Butz, Robert Faurisson, Germar Rudolf, and the other conference speakers -- in person!
Back then, it would have seemed scarcely possible to me that one day I would have the opportunity to help edit these and other revisionist authors, and to write the introduction to the first English edition of David Hoggan's Forced War, which had languished for decades unpublished. Without the institutional presence of the Institute for Historical Review, I would not have had that opportunity, and The Forced War and many other vital revisionist works would probably never have been published. Today, it is especially gratifying to know that you, our supporters, are helping to connect potential researchers, writers, editors -- and, who knows, perhaps a future Robert Faurisson or David Irving -- to the Institute for Historical Review.
We like to say that we're in a battle for historical truth. The fact is, we're in a war, not simply a battle. The struggle for the truth -- on the Holocaust, on the origins of the Second World War, on the true responsibility for the worst crimes of the twentieth century -- is long; it is wearying; it is vital; and it is expensive. This war, like any modern war, demands organization and teamwork: to carry off international conferences; to publish attractive and informative materials; to deal professionally with the press; to make effective use of new media such as the Internet; to inspire and instruct a new generation of historical warriors; and the many other functions needed not simply to combat, but to defeat, a vastly wealthier adversary.
The Institute for Historical Review is the only organization with the know-how, the dedication, and the freedom of action necessary to win in the war for historical truth that affects us all. But without your continued help, and the help of persons like you, we can't fight -- and we can't win. It's as simple as that. Please take this opportunity to give what you can, today, so that we revisionists can fight and win the next battle. And would you kindly let a sympathetic friend know that IHR needs his or her help in the campaign for historical truth? Thank you for your help, now as in the past.
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