I don't now recall many of the details of the decline of the IHR, but the short version is that following great success its first fifteen years (late 1970s to early 1990s), something went wrong in about the mid 1990s, then a period of stasis and decline, and now by the 2010s it appears IHR has effectively become a Holocaust Believer outfit. Does it actually publish any revisionist material more?
Mark Weber (who has done some great work in his career and has my respect in many ways), of course, now insists he believes in the Holocaust. I don't know his personal motivation for his turn towards the warm embrace of the powerful, well-oiled Holocaust Machine, though many can be imagined. One possibility is he believes H-neutrality, or assertion of passive H-belief will allow his IHR to avoid marginalization, avoid bans on hate speech. That the San Francisco metro authority allowed the bland billboard (see below) might lead him to believe that H-kowtowing pays off after all... (Actually, it does pay off, of course; all the same, I don't think the Holocaust will ever forgive the IHR, though).
The press release says nothing more on the Holocaust other than "the IHR does not deny" it happened.IHR Billboard Goes Up in San Francisco Metro Stations
Institute’s Public Service Notice Proclaims 'History Matters!'
News from Institute for Historical Review
September 3, 2018
An unusual public service billboard by the Institute for Historical Review has just gone up at two San Francisco metro stations. After drawn out discussion, the Bay Area Rapid Transit Authority (BART) accepted the digital display board, which proclaims “History Matters!” It’s scheduled to be up from Sept. 3, Labor Day, through Sept. 30 at the Powell Street and Montgomery Street stations.
In spite of its unobjectionable message, the board could generate controversy, given that the IHR has been labeled a “hate group” by the leftist Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and is similarly denounced by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and other influential Zionist organizations.
The “History Matters!” message is very much in keeping with the Institute’s work and purpose, says IHR director Mark Weber. It’s especially relevant now, he adds, because “President Trump, together with prominent politicians of both major parties, seem to have learned nothing from the record of failed US military interventions over the past half century.”
“Only by learning from the mistakes of the past,” says Weber, “can Americans chart a sane, just and progressive path for the future.” [....]
[T]he IHR opposes bigotry of all kinds. The Institute is proud of the support it’s earned from people of the most diverse political views, and racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds. The IHR does not “deny” the Holocaust. [....]
As for the message of the (paid) billboard in general: What is "History Matters!" supposed to mean, actually? What message is it giving to people? Who is the target audience? It seems like the kind of poster that would be on the wall of a middle school classroom; a bland encouragement to students to care about the subject they are studying.
The same billboard was not allowed when IHR tried to buy ad space in the Washington, D.C. subway system last year, as recounted by IHR here.