David McCalden

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David McCalden
David McCalden.jpg
McCalden in 1980
Born(1951-09-20)September 20, 1951
Died15 October 1990(1990-10-15) (aged 39)
OccupationInvolvement in British politics and Holocaust denial

William David McCalden (20 September 1951 – 15 October 1990) was a figure in the British political far-right. As co-founder of the Institute for Historical Review in 1978, he is notable for his advocacy of Holocaust denial.

Early life[edit]

McCalden was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He left Northern Ireland in 1972 to study at Goldsmiths College in London. During his time at University he was widely known as "revisionist Dave".[citation needed] McCalden was noted[by whom?] for his long hair and readiness to debate with left-wing fellow students.[citation needed] He graduated in 1974 with a Certificate in Education (Sociology).[citation needed]

Political life[edit]

McCalden first became involved in politics as a member of the National Front, where he became editor of the party newspaper Nationalist News. A leading supporter of John Kingsley Read, McCalden transferred his allegiance to the National Party soon after Read and other NF members founded the party in 1976. He became a leading contributor to the party journal Britain First. He was an active member of the Hunt Saboteurs Association and edited their journal 'HOWL' for a couple of years. He was expelled in June 1978, after a debate and vote at their Newcastle AGM, for his contributions to "racist magazines". His other works at this time included Beacon, another journal, and allegedly the book Nuremberg & Other War Crimes Trials (1978), although this was initially written under the pseudonym Richard Harwood, one shared with fellow Holocaust denier Richard Verrall.[citation needed]

Emigration to US and Holocaust denial[edit]

McCalden emigrated to the United States and arrived in California in 1978. Here he met veteran American neo-nazi and Holocaust denier[1] Willis Carto and set up the Institute for Historical Review, of which McCalden was appointed Director and Editor-in-Chief (although he generally operated under the name Lewis Brandon in these roles). McCalden soon garnered a reputation as an advocate of Holocaust denial and became the leading organizational figure within the IHR.[citation needed]

In 1980, acting as "Lewis Brandon" and on behalf of the IHR, McCalden offered a $50,000 reward for proof that Jews were gassed to death in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. After McCalden declined an acceptance by Auschwitz survivor Mel Mermelstein, a lawsuit was filed by public interest attorney William John Cox. In October 1981, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled that "this court does take judicial notice of the fact that Jews were gassed to death at Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland during the summer of 1944." The judge went on to say, "It is simply a fact."[2][3] McCalden and Carto had a falling out over the case, and in 1981 McCalden left the IHR.

McCalden set up his own group Truth Missions. Under this imprint he published a number of journals including Revisionist Reprints, Holocaust News and David McCalden's Revisionist Newsletter and books including The Amazing, Rapidly Shrinking "Holocaust" (1988).[4]


On 15 October 1990, at the age of 39, McCalden died in El Segundo, California , from complications due to viral pneumonia caused by AIDS. He had been fighting AIDS since November 1988.[5] He was survived by his second wife, Viviana, and their daughter.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Willis Carto Obituary, NYTimes, 1 Nov 2015
  2. ^ "Mermelstein Victory", Heritage, 23 October 1981.
  3. ^ "Footnote to the Holocaust", Newsweek, 19 October 1981, p. 73.
  4. ^ The Amazing, Rapidly-Shrinking 'Holocaust' Archived 4 August 2012 at Archive.today
  5. ^ Obituary from LA Times