Yahad-In Unum is proud to have accomplished our goal of 20 field investigations in 2018. Read the detailed report of our all twenty investigations in Eastern Europe: Ukraine, Poland, Romaina, Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, and Slovakia.
This field report from our executive director, Bob Aronson, documents his journey with Dr. Bill Goldstein (Detroit) as they spend five days on location with the Yahad-In Unum team in Poland. They visit the killing sites of unknown murdered souls, interview some of the last witnesses, and marvel at the dedication of the men and women executing this important work. Bob's first person account of his experience is chilling, meaningful, and proves the deep urgency of our investigations.
The Center for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University is happy to announce its inaugural conference of the Braman Endowment of the Practice of the Forensic Study of the Holocaust. This year's theme is Killer Medicine: A Forensic Look at Health Care Policies and Practices During and Since the Holocaust. Keynote address by Rev. Patrick Desbois, President of Yahad-In Unum and Braman Professor of Holocaust Studies at Georgetown University, titled Medicine in the Holocaust and its Legacy in Actual Mass Crimes. Responses by Ranit Mishori, MD, Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and Barbara Hales, Associate Professor of History at the University of Houston.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Westchester Jewish Film Festival taking place at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, New York from Tuesday, March 13th through Thursday, March 29th. This year's Festival features 41 engaging, thought-provoking and entertaining new Jewish films, as well as an extraordinary array of top-notch speakers and other programming. AJC is proud to be the lead sponsor of this Festival, the largest Jewish community event in the County - now in its 17th year!
Action Yazidis collects the testimony of survivors to document and offer evidence of every step of the Yazidi genocide. Since August 2014, thousands of Yazidis have been persecuted by ISIS: men shot, women sold and raped, young boys forcefully converted to Islam and made to become ISIS soldiers. Father Patrick Desbois and his team conduct interviews with Yazidi victims of all ages – women, men, children, and the elderly. The eyewitness accounts of those who escaped slavery and imprisonment by ISIS are collected and used to document and prevent modern day genocides.
In his National Jewish Book Award–winning book The Holocaust by Bullets, Father Patrick Desbois documented for the first time the murder of 1.5 million Jews in Ukraine during World War II, based on wartime records, interviews with locals, and the application of modern forensic practices on long-hidden grave sites. Nearly a decade of further work by his team, drawing on interviews with four thousand neighbors of the Jews, has resulted in stunning new findings about the extent and nature of the genocide. In Broad Daylight documents mass killings in seven countries formerly part of the Soviet Union that were invaded by Nazi Germany.
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From October 16th to December 10th, 2017, our Holocaust by Bullets was on display in Denver, Colorado. Accompanying this exhibit, Father Patrick Desbois hosted many local events and teachers trainings. 30 teachers were fully trained in educating on the Holocaust by Bullets.
Father Patrick Desbois received the distinguished honor of the 2017 Lantos Human Right’s Prize. He was recognized for his unparalleled work in uncovering the lost stories of over one million victims of the "Holocaust by Bullets" period of World War II as well as his continuing fight against anti-Semitism and genocide throughout the world. The award was presented at a heartfelt ceremony at the U.S. Capital in Washington D.C.
The Lantos Human Rights Prize is an annual award established in 2009 to bring honor and attention to the work of human rights heroes. The Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, named for Tom and Annette Lantos, who were both Holocaust survivors. Father Desbois joins a distinguished community of prior Lantos Laureates that includes the Dalai Lama, Hillary Clinton, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, and most recently Vian Dakhil (aka “ISIS’ Most Wanted”), who was recognized for her courageous defense of the Yazidi people. It is fitting that Father Desbois should receive the Prize the year following Ms. Dakhil, as he has been outspoken in defense of her Yazidi community - a 21st century victim of genocide at the hands of ISIS.
For years, Yahad-In Unum has been investigating and documenting the modern-day genocide in Iraq. The findings were displayed in an exhibit entitled Daesh’s Crimes Against the Yazidis: The Survivors Speak, which was presented for the first time in the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, NY. The photo exhibition takes a deeper look at the crimes committed by Isis against the Yazidi minority group by following witness testimonies gathered by our Action Yazidis initiative in refugee camps in Iraqi Kurdistan. The exhibit shows 16 portraits and testimonies which reveal the chilling reality of Yazidi victims. During the Daesh sweep in northern Iraq in 2014, men were shot and girls kidnaped to sell as sex slaves. Young boys will be forced to join their ranks. Almost 10,000 people were killed or kidnapped.
CBS 60 Minutes dives deep into the senseless murder and abuse currenting happening in Iraq. This incredible story and interview of Father Desbois' work reveals the chilling yet important realities of modern day genocide. Our work is just beginning.
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