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At noon, on Saturday, April 11, in the heart of London, a secret meeting of 113 hard-core, veteran anti-Semites, racists, and gay baiters was set to take place.  The cadres gathered under the clock at Victoria Station.  They were then greeted by a Michael Woodbridge, carrying a copy of “Tomorrow We Live,” a book by Britain’s pre-WWII fascist leader Oswald Mosely.  They were then led in groups of two and three across the station to the Grosvenor Hotel where they had a meeting room booked under the name of the non-existent “Carlyle Club.” A body guard checked out each individual before they were let in. 

The Sunday Mail

A secretive gathering, yes; but the whole thing was quickly exposed by IREHR’s partner, Searchlight magazine.   Working with the London newspaper Daily Mail, they snuck a reporter inside the meeting, taped the speakers so that the truth of what they said could be easily established, and then published the story in The Sunday Mail and on the Searchlight magazine website.  Last year was Searchlight’s 50th year of publishing anti-fascist, anti-racist news and exposes, and IREHR’s Leonard Zeskind and Devin Burghart were both guest speakers.

American Holocaust Denier Mark Weber on the Platform

Mark Weber

American Anti-Semite Mark Weber in London

At the Grosvenor Hotel, Mark Weber stole the show when he called for an end to “the Jewish distortion of history.”  Further he claimed that “no task is more important or pressing to identify, counter and break this (Jewish-ed) power.”  Weber, who worked as an editor for National Alliance chief William Pierce in 1978, eventually worked his way over to Willis Carto’s Institute for Historical Review (IHR), which at the time was the center of Holocaust denial.  Eventually, through several clever moves and a long court fight (documented entirely in my book Blood and Politics) Weber took over complete control of IHR.  He then abandoned the focus on Holocaust denial and went straight towards a focus on forthright anti-Semitica.  He has not abandoned Holocaust denial entirely, however, and last year IHR published a wartime memoir by Leon DeGrelle, a Belgian General in the Waffen SS.  And at an IHR meeting last May, Weber showed newsreels from World War Two Germany. 

At the London event, Weber was joined by Kevin MacDonald, a now retired professor of psychology at California State University at Long Beach.  MacDonald is with the American Freedom Party and has served The Occidental Quarterly as editor.  That day he talked about “white dispossession,” a false cause that claims white people are oppressed as a race.

Also on the agenda was Pedro Varela, a Spanish national socialist with a string of arrests.  The proper British authorities are now investigating whether this event broke any laws.

Many thanks to Searchlight’s Gerry Gable for his aggressive reporting and non-stop courage.

Leonard Zeskind

Author Leonard Zeskind

is founder of IREHR. For almost four decades, he has been a leading authority on white nationalist political and social movements. He is the author of Blood and Politics: The History of White Nationalism from the Margins to the Mainstream, published by Farrar Straus & Giroux in May 2009. [more..]

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