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The IHR's Description of the July 22 Debate

On July 22nd, 1995, Michael Shermer participated in a debate about the Holocaust with the Director of the IHR, Mark Weber. Mr. Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic magazine and Director of the Skeptics Society; he has participated in a number of debates with advocates of pseudoscientific beliefs, most notably creationists.

The IHR's August 1995 fundraising letter characterized the debate as follows:

A recent debate between Journal editor Mark Weber and Michael Shermer, Occidental College professor and editor of Skeptic magazine, was a knockout victory for revisionism and the Institute. The two-hour clash was the main event at a special July 22 IHR meeting.

The hard-pressed Shermer was obliged to make one major concession after another. Just back from a visit of camp sites in Europe, he acknowledged, for example, that the "gas chamber" at Majdanek -- where Allied officials charged at Nuremberg that the Germans killed one and half million prisoners -- is a fraud.

Our one-day meeting in Costa Mesa was a breakthrough event -- and a convincing rebuke to the often-repeated Jewish-Zionist claim that the Holocaust is "not debatable."

A full report on the Weber-Shermer debate will appear in a forthcoming Journal issue, along with details about how you can order a videotape of this exciting exchange.

Michael Shermer's reaction to this description is available at

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