Yahad-In Unum June Newsletter
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Hommage to Elie Wiesel

Dear Friends,

Elie Wiesel has left us, a beacon of humanity in turmoil. A voice in the night of the world. He was a great friend of Cardinal Lustiger, the co-founder of Yahad-In Unum. On behalf of Yahad-In Unum, of my team and of all those who tirelessly seek the mass graves of the Jews, I can only pay tribute to the hero he was and deeply regret that he is no longer with us.

- Father Patrick Desbois
Poland - Bialystok Region
June 14 - July 1
Fate of the Jews of Ciechanowiec

Guided by the eyewitnesses to the shootings, the YIU team was able to find different execution sites, where the Jewish victims of Ciechanowiec were shot before or during the liquidation of the Ciechanowiec itself, in the Pobikry territory, where 200 Jews had to perform forced labor or in the villages like Kostro-Podsekowieta or Kocie Basie, where Jews from Ciechanowiec were discovered by the Nazis and executed.
Ukraine - Ivano-Frankivsk Region
June 7 - June 24
Fate of the Jewish Community of Burshtyn

There is little archival information on the town of Burshtyn, though it is noted that 1,800 Jews lived in the town before the war. Thanks to the investigation led by Yahad in the town of Burshtyn and the surrounding villages, we learned that after their persecution and their deportation, many Jews continued to hide around the town and several of them were shot there. 
Paris City Hall welcomes "Roma Memory" exhibition to record turnout

"In giving back the Roma their history, this exhibit gives them back dignity." - Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo

On May 10, Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo opened our “Roma Memory” exhibit at the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) in Paris as she was guided through the exhibit by Father Desbois. Previously on display at the European Commission in Brussels, this exhibit is the first of its kind and its premiere in Paris marks the first time that it is open to the public at large.

Based on YIU testimony, the exhibit takes viewers through the history of the Roma genocide during World War II through a series of large-scale modules, archival photographs and the testimonies of survivors who are speaking about the experiences for the first time. During the inauguration, we also welcomed S.E.M. Anguel Tcholakov, Bulgarian Ambassador to France, Pierre Aidenbaum, Mayor of the 3rd arrondissement of Paris, Dr. Richard Prasquier, President of Keren Hayessod France and Vice President of Yahad, and Catherine Vieu-Charier, Deputy to the Mayor on memory and global issues.

Open to the public beginning on May 11, the exhibit will be on display at Hôtel de Ville until July 2. To date, the exhibit has received over 8,000 visitors. Guided tours are offered regularly with a Yahad-In Unum team member in order to enable visitors to delve deeper into the exhibit’s content.
Museum of the Holocaust in Guatemala City Received 7,750+ visitors to the "Holocaust by Bullets" exhibit during its display period there from January - May!
Yahad-In Unum is very proud to have reached so many young Guatemalan students with this history and we are eager to continue our work of spreading this crucial history to a new generation of educators and students!
Training Center for Spanish Cooperation inaugurates "Holocaust by bullets" exhibit and hosts conference on violence against women 
Antigua, Guatemala
On June 10, our "Holocaust by bullets" exhibit was officially inaugurated at the Training Center for Spanish Cooperation in Antigua, Guatemala. The following day, Yahad Research Director Patrice Bensimon led a conference at the Center focusing on violence women were subjected to during the Holocaust in Eastern Europe, with a focus on rape as a tool of genocide. Yahad Team Leader Alexis Kosarevskyi also presented during the conference, using witness testimonies to illustrate his lecture. The exhibit will be on display at the Training Center for Spanish Cooperation in Antigua until July 29.
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Our "Holocaust by bullets" exhibit opens at the Holocaust Memorial Center
Farmington Hills, Michigan

"Some attendees stood face-to-face with the large, looming exhibition pictures with their hands over their mouths, seemingly in disbelief. Others spoke among themselves. One comment was overheard: How could this happen?" - Taken from the article, "HMC exhibit unveils the horrors before concentration camps"

Our "Holocaust by bullets" exhibit premiered on June 14 at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan, where it will be on display until December 30. Yahad Director Marco Gonzalez spoke at the opening, which was attended by over 200 people. The opening also featured two days of trainings for docents by Yahad Team Leader Alexis Kosarevskyi. Over 60 people participated in the training and they will go on to give guided tours of the exhibit to visitors. You can read more about the exhibit's premiere at the Holocaust Memorial Center as featured in C&G News.
Teacher training workshop held in partnership with the Florida Holocaust Museum
West Palm Beach, Florida
On June 6-7, Yahad Research Director Patrice Bensimon and Yahad Research Fellow Marie Moutier, held a teacher training workshop on the Holocaust by bullets for 16 teachers from the School District of Palm Beach County. The workshop focused on the various aspects of our work, introduced participants to excerpts from video interviews with the last eyewitnesses to the crime, and discussed the main steps of the Holocaust by bullets that can be found in other genocides.

The workshop also provided the opportunity to introduce participants to the study guide on the Holocaust by bullets, a teaching tool we developed in partnership with the Florida Holocaust Museum. Commenting on the training workshop, one of the participants told our team: "For all that we learn about the Holocaust, this was the first time my eyes were opened to the scale of the killings by the Einsatzgruppen. This training was phenomenal."
Yahad-In Unum Launches Collection on "Investigation of the Holocaust by bullets"
June 22
Paris, France
"In the Jewish Colonies near Dniepropetrovsk" and "In Rawa-Ruska and its surroundings" the first two volumes of the collection, Investigation of the Holocaust by Bullets, written by CNRS Scholar Danielle Rozenberg and initiated by Yahad In Unum.

In partnership with Collège des Bernardins, Yahad-In Unum hosted a launch event for our first academic monograph, "Investigation of the Holocaust by Bullets" at Collège des Bernardins on June 22. The event also served as the occasion to celebrate our 12th anniversary.

Written by CNRS Scholar Danielle Rozenberg, the two-volume collection, entitled "In the Jewish Colonies near Dniepropetrovsk" and "In Rava-Ruska and its surroundings" explores the Holocaust in these areas, using Yahad-In Unum's original research. You can purchase the book online here.

Apply to participate in our upcoming teacher training seminar on the Holocaust by bullets in Caen, France

Yahad-In Unum and the Mémorial de Caen Museum are inviting European history teachers to participate in a three-day training session on “The Holocaust by Bullets” and persecutions of the Roma in Eastern Europe. This seminar is designed to deepen teachers’ knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe and the Genocide of Roma in Eastern Europe.

The seminar will be held in English and French (simultaneous translation), on November 25 in Yahad’s Paris offices and on November 26-27 at the Mémorial de Caen Museum (Caen, France). Accommodation, meals and transportation expenses will be paid for by the organizers.

History teachers in high schools and secondary schools in Europe are eligible to apply and applications from Balkan states, Italy, Portugal, Hungary and Eastern Europe are particularly encouraged. All teachers interested in attending the seminar are requested to send a letter of interest and a resume by September 18, 2016 to Julia Garmash at

To learn more about the seminar, please see our PDF.

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