A publicity stunt IHR said that the IHR would pay $50,000.00 for anyone who could prove the holocaust happened. The stunt was thought up by William David McCalden, a British white supremacist. IHR was to selected judges. A holocaust survivor Mel Mermelstein, presented his evidence, which was ignored by the IHR. Mr. Mermelstein sued and in 1981 a awarded Mr. Mermelstein 90,000 in damages and the IHR was order to apologize to him (28 ).
Willis Carto, head of the Liberty Lobby, founded IHR. IHR Hosted a series of conferences among the participants were David Duke, then a leader in the Ku Klux Klan, and Frank Collins, head of the American Nazi Party(29 ).
In the late 1960's Carto and a former Pittsburgh coordinator for the John Birch Society Louis Byers formed a student group called National Youth Alliance. This group was formed from a Youth for Wallace group that was part of George Wallace's 1968 campaign(30 ).
A third person Dr. William Pierce, also helped become the core of the NYA (31 ).
On May 1969 ,National Youth Alliance had three thousands dues paying members and a 15,000 person mailing list. The group was racists and anti Semitic. The group distributed literature that claimed Blacks, Jews, Indians and other minorities were "parasites" in the western world. The groups advisory board members had , Revilo P. Oliver and Richard B. Cotten, were force out of the John Birch Society because of their overt anti Semitic views. Another retired Navy Rear Admiral John Crommelein, ran for President on the anti-Semitic National States Rights party ticket in 1960. Lastly Austin J. App, former English professor at LaSalle College, was a contributing editor to the anti-Semitic magazine American Mercury (32 ).
The group Carto started did not have good times ahead. Soon Dr William Pierce was the head of the group and was charged with stealing a mailing list from Liberty Lobby(33 ).
Due to the personalities involved the National Youth Alliance didn't last. By 1971 the group split into two warring factions. The side loyal to Carto was renamed "Youth Action" the side loyal to Dr. Pierce became "National Alliance" (34 ).
William Luther Pierce was a physics professor who taught at Oregon State University, he was also a member of the American Nazi Party in the early 1970s (35 ).