Sanchez vs. Sanchez

Is James Sanchez really a 'minority' scholar laboring to advance Holocaust studies? Or is he an anti-Semitic Holocaust denier?
Playing the Minority Card

That same month in 2002, James Sanchez wrote a letter to the Seattle mayor's office complaining about a proposed grant program aimed at helping local African-American business owners. "The Mayor's proposal is illegal and racially discriminates against Majority-Americans," he wrote.

Sanchez's concerns for the rights and values of "Majority-Americans" are noteworthy, considering that beginning in 1996 Sanchez registered himself as a disadvantaged minority business owner with Harvard University's Minority Business Enterprise Program, according to records from Harvard's Office of the Controller. Under this program, Sanchez's reference materials company, Reference Corporation, has received preferential buying treatment from Harvard faculty and staff. Asked by the Intelligence Report to clarify how a minority business owner can also be a "Majority-American," Sanchez once again declined to answer.

Elsewhere, Sanchez seemed clearer about his racial status. In an April 2004 letter to the editor of USA Today, he described himself as "very much a run-of-the-mill Anglo-Saxon." The letter went on to complain that Christian whites were vastly overrepresented among the dead in the war in Iraq. "[T]he death of White Christian men is meaningless in America, because their lives are not valued," he wrote. "After all, they are not minorities."

That wasn't the only revealing Sanchez letter to the editor. On Dec. 13, 2005, he wrote to his local Seattle Times, which had just reported that race riots in Australia were provoked by white neo-Nazis. Saying that the violence was really started by Muslim "rape gangs," Sanchez accused the paper of lying and taking part in a "racist assault on European-Australians and European-Americans." The paper, he raged, supported "any non-White rape gang on Earth that rapes White women."

A Librarian's Work

In addition to Reference Corporation, Sanchez also does business as Venona Information Services and Aristarchus Knowledge Industries. Under the Aristarchus label he sells "Nuremberg War Crime Trials Online," a CD-ROM containing footnoted transcripts of the entire proceedings of the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1945 and 1946. For this product, Sanchez claims to have compiled, digitized and annotated all of the original 126,000 pages of court transcripts for the first time ever in compact disc format. He began selling the Nuremberg CD-ROMs for as much as $995 in 1995.

Since then, "Nuremberg War Crime Trials Online" has been added to the library collections of more than 50 major American universities, including Columbia, Yale, Georgetown and the University of California at Berkeley. Sanchez also personally donated a copy to the library of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Despite Sanchez's anti-Semitism, Holocaust Museum officials have no plans to scrutinize the historical accuracy of the Nuremberg transcripts he donated, which are now made available to researchers and museum visitors. "The Museum does not engage Holocaust deniers and [in any case] fact-checking every item in the library would be an impossible task," said museum spokesman Andrew Hollinger.

Other than university libraries across the country and the Holocaust Museum in D.C., "Nuremberg War Crime Trials Online" is available directly from Sanchez, and also, for purchase, from one other source -- the California-based Institute for Historical Review (IHR), probably the most important Holocaust denial organization in the world. The IHR bills Sanchez's CD-ROM as "a useful tool for researchers."

The only substantial comments Sanchez offered the Intelligence Report for this story concerned the commercial success of his Nuremberg trials CD-ROM.

His report was less than glowing.

"Truthfully, empirically speaking, based on sales, few people care about it. It is a great pity that there is so little interest in it, I think. On the other hand, because of this project, I have talked to a lot of interesting researchers through the years and have been cajoled into donating hundreds of copies to schools and researchers and museums," he wrote. "I have also had a wee bit of extremely negative response. I have received what I considered to be a death threat. I have been denounced for publishing the CD-ROM by several people who stated it was somehow 'sacred' and had been 'dirtied' by my compilation, and I have encountered one very horrid Nuremberg 'groupy.'" These comments were not further explained.

"Truly," Sanchez concluded, "a librarian's work is never done."