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Group That Denies Existence Of Holocaust Forced to Change Site Of Convention

February 20, 1989

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ A weekend convention of a group that denies that 6 million Jews were killed by Nazis in World War II was moved after a Jewish group pressured two hotels to cancel the meeting.

The Institute for Historical Review had planned a three-day convention for 160 members at the Red Lion Inn in Costa Mesa. After that inn and another hotel canceled their reservations, they met in a basement banquet room at the Old World Village Wedding Chapel in Huntington Beach.

″It took some doing, a lot of fancy dancing,″ Tom Marcellus, the conference organizer, said Sunday. ″The two other hotels chickened out.″

The owner of the wedding chapel, Josef Bischof, was unavailable for comment Sunday night, said his wife, Delores.

The conference was to conclude today.

″We’re here to bring history into focus,″ Marcellus said. ″We’re historians.″

The chairman of the Jewish Defense League called institute members ″neo- Nazis″ and pledged to follow the group wherever it goes. On Sunday, the group stood vigil outside the Holiday Inn in Costa Mesa, which decided against playing host to the convention Friday, two days after the Red Lion Inn bowed out.

″We’ve covered every hotel in Orange County to tell them Nazism will not be accepted here,″ chairman Irv Rubin said. ″We’re not going to be silent like we did years ago when 6 million Jews were killed.″

Officials at both hotels made the decisions to cancel the conference arrangements after speaking with opponents of the institute.

″It was in the best interest of everybody,″ said Dick Hetherington, general manager of the Holiday Inn.

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