Journal of Historical Review

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Journal of Historical Review  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Discipline History
Language English
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly (1980-1992),
Bimonthly (1993-2002)
ISSN 0195-6752 (print)
0195-6752 (web)
OCLC no. 5584935

The Journal of Historical Review is a non-peer reviewed serial, periodical, or journal published by the Institute for Historical Review in Torrance, California. Its subject is primarily Holocaust denial.[1][2] Its critics, including the Anti-Defamation League, the Danish Center for Holocaust and Genocide studies, and other scholars, such as Robert Hanyok, a National Security Agency historian,[3] accused the journal of being pseudo-scientific.[4] When Noam Chomsky defended an author who wrote articles for the journal (Dr. Robert Faurisson), it led to great controversy, though Chomsky insisted he was defending Faurisson's right to free speech rather than any specific claims made in his articles.

History Teacher wrote that the "[journal] is shockingly racist and antisemitic: articles on 'America's Failed Racial Policy' and anti-Israel pieces accompany those about gas chambers... They clearly have no business claiming to be a continuation of the revisionist tradition, and should be referred to as 'Holocaust Deniers'." [5]

The Organization of American Historians commissioned a study of the journal in which a panel had found that it was "nothing but a masquerade of scholarship."[6]

The journal commenced publication in the spring of 1980 as a quarterly periodical. Publication was suspended in 1986-87, and thereafter continued until 2002.[7] Publication of the journal is now again suspended. However, back issues continue to be distributed and sold by its associated organization, the Noontide Press.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "In recent years, Holocaust denial has become a propaganda mainstay of organized racism. It is promulgated by racist groups and by organizations like the Institute for Historical Review (IHR), which publishes the scientific-looking Journal of Historical Review." Kathleen M. Blee. Inside Organized Racism: Women in the Hate Movement, University of California Press, 2003, ISBN 0-520-24055-3, p. 92.
  2. ^ "The pseudo-scholarly guise of Holocaust deniers is epitomised by the Institute for Historical Review - established in the United States in the late 1970s - and its journal, the Journal of Historical Review, which have provided the core of the more contemporary Holocaust denial movement (Stern 1995)." Lydia Morris. Rights: Sociological Perspectives, Routledge (UK), 2006, ISBN 0-415-35522-2 p. 238 note 1.
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  4. ^ Right-wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort, by Chip Berlet, Matthew Nemiroff Lyons, Guilford Press, 2000, p. 189
  5. ^ History Teacher, Vol 28, No.4, p 526.
  6. ^ Extremism in America: Institute for Historical Review, Anti-Defamation League, 2005. Retrieved May 9, 2007.
  7. ^ Institute for Historical Review by the Southern Poverty Law Center

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