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The Ninth Revisionist Conference was held in California in
1989 and was hosted by the Institute for Historical Review
(IHR), a pseudo-historical society that, among other things,
propagates the belief that the Holocaust did not happen as
described by "establishment" historians. The following was
part of a speech given by Fred Leuchter, a designer and
builder of gas chambers for American prisons, after a visit
and "scientific" investigation of Auschwitz.

     1988 was a very informative and likewise disturbing
     year. I was appalled to learn that much of what I was
     taught in school about twentieth-century history and
     World War II was a myth, if not a lie. I was first
     amazed; then annoyed; then aware: the myth of the
     Holocaust was dead... After a thorough examination of
     the alleged execution facilities in Poland and their
     associated crematories, the only conclusion that can be
     arrived at by a rational, responsible person is the
     absurdity of the notion that any of these facilities
     were ever capable of, or were utilized as, execution
     gas chambers. (11:1,8)
His speech has since been turned into a pamphlet and has
been a major source of attention and revenue for the IHR.
This brief excerpt from the extensive materials available at
the Conference clearly captures the main operational concept
of the IHR, the misrepresentation of historical truths by
those with a hidden agenda. In this paper we will look at
this phenomena described as Holocaust "revisionism" by the
revisionists themselves, and Holocaust denial by many
historians. We will not refute revisionism here but merely
report its many activities. Refuting revisionism is similar
to refuting racism: raisa ipso locutor, the thing speaks for
itself. We will explore some of the beliefs, organizations,
and key players in what is rapidly becoming a world-wide
phenomenon. We will discuss the ramifications that such
distortions of history can have on us as a nation, and the
possible effect on our fighting forces.

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