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The Holocaust by Bullets

In conversation with Louise Steinman, Curator, ALOUD
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Episode Summary
Desbois, a French Catholic priest, has devoted his life to confronting anti-Semitism and furthering Catholic-Jewish understanding. Since 2001 he and his team have crisscrossed the Ukrainian countryside in an effort to locate every mass grave and site at which Jews were killed during the Holocaust.

Co-presented with Claremont McKenna College's Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights

Participant(s) Bio
Father Patrick Desbois is a Roman Catholic Priest and Advisor to the Vatican on Jewish relations. He has spent the last five years leading investigative teams to the Ukraine and Belarus in order to find the missing mass graves of the 1.5 million Jews killed outside their homes during the Holocaust. Father Desbois has interviewed over 900 surviving eye-witnesses and discovered over 800 killing sites in his effort to uncover this missing chapter of Holocaust history, discount Holocaust deniers and give the fallen a respectful burial. Father Desbois has received worldwide acclaim for his work including honorary doctorates from Hebrew University and Bar Ilan, and awards from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, B'nai Brith and the ADL. His book, Holocaust By Bullets, was recently awarded the National Jewish Book Award.