Zaverdinos, Platonov and Graf Join "Journal" Editorial Advisory Committee

Published: 1997-05-01

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We are pleased to welcome three scholars to this Journal's Editorial Advisory Committee. From South Africa, Russia and Switzerland, their membership reflects the international scope and impact of the Institute for Historical Review and its Journal.


Born in Johannesburg in 1938, Costas Zaverdinos currently teaches at the University of Natal in South Africa. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Rhodes University, followed by a B.Sc. (Honors) degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg). In 1965 he earned a M.8c. degree from the University of Natal in Durban. During a three year period in Greece, he held a teaching post at the Athens Technical University.

Since 1970 he has been with the University of Natal (Pietermartizburg), which awarded him a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1984 for his specialized study of "combinatorics," a field related to computer science. He is currently a senior lecturer with the University's department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics of the Faculty of Science. He is the author of several papers in internationally recognized scholarly journals.

Dr. Zaverdinos has long had a serious interest in the ancient world. In 1989 he obtained a B.A. (Honors) degree cum laude in ancient Greek studies, specializing in Socrates and Heraclitus. Since the late 1970s he has been keenly interested in Second World War history, and since 1986 has been an avid reader of revisionist publications. In letters published in leading South African newspapers, he has effectively presented revisionist arguments on the Holocaust issue while ardently defending the principle of free speech and free inquiry with regard to all aspects of the Second World War. (For example, a letter by him in the Natal Witness was reprinted in the July-August 1992 IHR Newsletter.)

Dr. Costas Zaverdinos

Dr. Costas Zaverdinos

In April 1995 Zaverdinos spoke together with visiting scholar (and Journal contributor) Dr. Robert Countess at a meeting at the University of Natal. Prior to introducing Countess, he delivered an address entitled "Can the Standard Version of the Holocaust be Questioned?," in which he sharply criticized the media habit of dismissing Holocaust revisionists as "deniers" or castigating them as "right wing extremists." "For us to be capable of exercising our full humanity," he also said, "we must be in a position to make judgments based on dependable facts, and be able to distinguish propaganda from real history (to borrow David Irving's expression)."

The Journal of Historical Review, Dr. Zaverdinos strongly believes, should continue to emphasize solidly researched, factual scholarly historical writing. He supports Germar Rudolf's call (in the Nov.-Dec. 1994 Journal, p. 15) to go beyond showing what is not true about the Holocaust story, to establishing precisely what did happen to Europe's Jews in the "final solution." "In particular," he says, "the vexing question of numbers needs, in my view, a lot more exploration. Also, the extent of the very real massacres of Jews by shooting needs to be established, how this related to German security needs, and to what degree local militias participated." With regard to the emotion-laden Third Reich period, he believes that the Journal should strive for understanding, but not justification.

Dr. Oleg Platonov, right, with 'Journal' editor Mark Weber, March 1996

Dr. Oleg Platonov, right, with "Journal" editor Mark Weber, at the IHR Conference room during a March 1996 visit.


Born in 1950, Russian historian and writer Oleg A. Platonov lives and works in Moscow. He holds a doctorate in economics, with a speciality in labor sociology. He is the author of a number of historical works, including "Russian Labor," "The Economy of Russian Civilization," "A Thousand Years of Russian Entrepreneurship," and "Russian Civilization" (widely used in Russian schools), as well as volumes on the murder of Tsar Nicholas and his family, and about Gregory Rasputin.

Dr. Platonov is a contributor to prominent Russian journals, including Nash Souremenik ("Our Contemporary") and Molodaya Guardiya ("Young Guard"). Currently he is working together with a team of historians on a definitive multi-volume history of Russia in the 20th century.

Jürgen Graf addresses the Twelfth IHR Conference, September 1994

Jürgen Graf addresses the Twelfth IHR Conference, September 1994.


Born in 1951, Jürgen Graf is a Swiss educator who makes his home near Basel. An adaptation of his address at the Twelfth IHR Conference (Sept. 1994) appeared in the Nov.-Dec. 1995 Journal.

A meticulous scholar and researcher with an impressive command of languages, including Russian, modern Greek, Mandarin Chinese, and the Scandinavian languages, Graf is also the author of several books dealing with the Holocaust issue. (For further information, write [... address no longer valid; ed.])

In March 1993, following the publication of his 112-page book, Der Holocaust auf dem Prüfstand ("The Holocaust on the Test Stand"), he was summarily dismissed from his post as a secondary school teacher of Latin and French. (See the Sept.-Oct. 1993 Journal, pp. 36-37 , and the Nov.-Dec. 1994 Journal, pp. 4-5.)

Together with Italian historian Carlo Mattogno (who also addressed the 1994 IHR Conference), Graf has carried out extensive research at state archives in Russia (See the report in the Nov.-Dec. 1995 Journal, pp. 36-37). On the first of these visits, they were accompanied by retired California educator Russell Granata.

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Title: Zaverdinos, Platonov and Graf Join "Journal" Editorial Advisory Committee
Sources: The Journal of Historical Review, vol. 16, no. 3 (May/June 1997), pp. 19f.
Published: 1997-05-01
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