A chink of self-awareness

Occasionally it permeates, even into the most crazed and closed minds.

One of the primary leaders in the fight to question and delegitimize the Holocaust has proclaimed that fight to be a lost cause, sparking a furious debate among his cohorts.

Mark Weber, a telegenic Californian, has served for 15 years as director of the Institute for Historical Review, which was founded in the late 1970s as a center for people dedicated to doubting and criticizing mainstream histories of the Holocaust.

This month, however, Weber released an essay on the institute’s Web site, questioning whether this work has ever had any relevance. Weber argued that Holocaust revisionists are unlikely to have any success in convincing large numbers of people.

‘It’s been almost 30 years, and Holocaust revisionism has gotten almost no support in academic circles or society at large,’ Weber told the Forward. ‘It’s gotten some support in Iran, or places like that, but as far as I know, there is no history department supporting writing by these folks.’

Ha. I wonder why.

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