As Reason's editor defends its racist history, here's a copy of its holocaust denial "special issue"
“The German concentration camps weren’t health centers, but they appear to have been far smaller and much less lethal than the Russian ones.” —Reason magazine, January 1976
Astonishingly, in February 1976, Reason dedicated an entire “special issue” to promoting Holocaust deniers, under the guise of so-called “historical revisionism.” How horrifying is it? You can judge for yourself — the whole thing is embedded below.
PandoDaily contacted noted Holocaust historian and Holocaust Museum expert Deborah Lipstadt to ask her opinion. In 2000, Lipstadt won a much-publicized libel trial in Britain against a leading Holocaust denier, David Irving. When we shared with her the list of Reason’s “special issue” contributors and authors positively cited in the issue, Lipstadt described it as “the Who’s Who of early American Holocaust deniers.”
Reason’s response to this was pretty dishonest.
They seem to think that just because the entire issue wasn’t about Holocaust denial, that it doesn’t incriminate them. I flipped through the pdf of the issue in question.
There’s two full articles in there on FDR having advance knowledge of Pearl Harbor and allowing it to happen. This is widely regarded as a fringe conspiracy theory by most professional historians. One of those articles was written by Percy Greaves (not a historian with any credentials—he had business and economics degrees), who was a founder of the antisemitic Liberty Lobby and eventually a board member on Holocaust denial publisher Institute for Historical Review.
There’s also a sympathetic article about the Sudeten Germans written by Austin J. App, who was writing pro-Nazi pamphlets years before he penned that piece for Reason. I would find it hard to believe that Reason’s editors didn’t know this at the time, since that’s what he’s most famous for. He also was not a historian, he was an English professor.
In the issue from the month before the February 1976 one, Reason published an article from James L. Martin, who’s also famous for his Holocaust denial literature, and Gary North, who in his Reason article cited a book called The Myth of the Six Million. This was published without comment or criticism in Reason.
Reason magazine not only hired known Holocaust deniers to write articles for them in the late 70s, but some of those authors openly recommended Holocaust denial literature and made statements that trivialized the plight of the Holocaust victims in the pages of Reason magazine.
We know this to be true because we can fucking see those articles for ourselves.
Gillespie’s claim is that his magazine isn’t responsible for publishing work sympathetic to Holocaust deniers, because those authors discussed a wide range of topics in the vein of historical revisionism:
In the Reason issue, various authors discuss, among other things, what sort of foreknowledge of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Franklin Roosevelt may have had and how actors other than Nazi Germany bear some responsibility for the start of World War Il. Some of the material holds up, such as the observation from then-Senior Editor Tibor Machan that “the Nazis were worse than the Americans or allied nations, and…the Soviet Union is a more vicious government, even in international affairs, than is the U.S. government. This does not mean, emphatically, that I believe FDR to have been an angel during World War II, or Wilson to have been the paragon of diplomatic and political virtue in World War I.” Such a view has become the baseline of virtually all contemporary discussions on such topics.
None of this explains why four of the authors for the issues in question were Holocaust deniers—and James L. Martin and Austin App were certainly known at that time to publish denial literature. That’s really all they were famous for.
It also doesn’t explain the explicit statements made in Reason magazine by Gary North that questioned the scope of the Holocaust and recommended denial publications to Reason’s readers.