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Cover letter, August 1999 JHR

August 1999

Dear Friend,

    With the outlook for the IHR now _brighter than its been in years_,
we're pleased to announce that _Ted O'Keefe will soon be rejoining the
IHR team_.  He's set to move here from New Jersey in early September.

    During the seven years he worked here, 1986 to 1994, Ted amply
proved his skills as an outstanding writer and researcher -- especially
as a book editor and, for four years, as chief editor of the _Journal_.
And since then he's further honed his skills writing for a variety of
periodicals, and editing books.

    We're able to welcome Ted back now because the terrible crisis of
the last several years seems, at long last, to be coming to an end.
_Willis Carto, Liberty Lobby_ and other adversaries in the nearly
six-year-old legal dispute _have agreed to settle_ by paying $1.2
million to the IHR and its parent corporation, LSF, over the next three
years.  Our attorney has received from Liberty Lobby the initial payment

check of $200,000.  (These funds will become available after a
bankruptcy court formally approves the settlement, which is expected
within a few weeks.)

    The cost, in both time and money, of fighting off Carto's legal
attacks and smear campaigns, and of recovering the money he and his
associates fraudulently diverted, has been terrible.  During the last
four years of severe crisis and shortage, we were forced to reduce our
staff to the bare minimum, to drastically cut expenses, including
salaries, and to cancel or postpone indefinitely numerous important

    Even with the legal settlement, our difficulties are by no means
over.  Only a portion of the settlement funds will be available for our
use.  We still must pay off major debts incurred during the emergency
period to keep the IHR alive.  And even with Ted back on board, we'll
still be badly short-staffed.

    _Our great task now is to rebuild_ -- to _repair the damage_ wrought

during the embattled years of siege and emergency.  We need to publish
new books and get important older works back into print.  We need to
bring out the _Journal_ punctually.  We must plan for another full-scale

IHR Conference.  We must greatly expland our public outreach.

    To all those who have helped out -- especially during the last four
lean years -- _many thanks_!  Your steadfast support has meant the
difference between _life and death_ for the Institute and its vital

    Now, as we optimistically tackle the great work of reconstruction,
we pledge to uphold the trust and confidence that so many of you have
shown in us.

                                                        Yours truly,

[signature]                                        [signature]
Mark Weber                                    Greg Raven


The table of contents for Vol. 18, no. 2 (Mar./Apr. 1999) of the _JHR_:

1) "Belgium and its Jews During the War," by Mark Weber

2) "Bagnold's Bluff: The Little-Known Figure Behind Britain's Daring
Long Range Desert Patrols," by Trevor J. Constable

3) "For a Balanced History of the American Indian," by Zolt'an Bruckner

4) "Free Speech Victory in 'Holocaust Denial' Case," by Mark Weber
[concerning the Pedro Varela case in Spain]

5) "Secrets of the Soviet Disease Warfare Program: Were Biological
Weapons Used Against Germans at Stalingrad?" by Mark Weber

6) "General Montgomery's 'Racist Masterplan'"

7) "How Dangerous is the Swastika?  The Modeler's Bane"

8) "Auschwitz in History" [brief excerpts from a review article by Ernst

Nolte in _Die Welt]

9) "The Union: Worth a War?" by Doug Bandow [regarding the Civil War;
reprinted from the Mar. 1996 issue of _Freedom Daily_]

10) Letters to the Editor

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