September 6, 2002. Added: The Essay "The IHR at the Crossroads". The IHR was founded to provide a facade of fraudulent scholarship to the propagation of traditional anti-Semitic materials. This essay examines how it fused traditional anti-Semitism with an attempt to rehabilitate the reputation of the Third Reich. It demonstrates that, beset with financial problems, the IHR began to look to the Middle East for the support it could not find in the U.S.