Yahad-In Unum October Newsletter
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Yahad-In Unum and Father Desbois featured in 60 Minutes Segment, "The Hidden Holocaust"

“If we didn’t come, we’ll never know that they killed the Jews. These Jews would have never been counted as dead, never known.” – Father Desbois to Lara Logan
Lara Logan with Father Patrick Desbois. Click on the photo above to watch Yahad-In Unum's segment on 60 Minutes.
(Photo credit: CBS News)


Poltava Region

October 12 – October 28

"I ran behind the column, looking for my Jewish friends, Dveïra and Vera. They took them with the other Jews to the ravine. I never saw them again, they were shot."

- Olga, born in 1934 in Khorol.

Between October 12 – October 28, a Yahad team completed our organization’s 41st investigation in Ukraine, in the region of Poltava. Over the course of this research trip, our team collected very rare testimonies, including one in which the witness, Lidia (born in 1932), described how a German doctor separated Jews at the shooting site into two groups—the young and the elderly. The elderly were forced to undress near the mass grave and were shot thereafter. It is very rare for our teams to hear a witness speak about the presence of a doctor at the shooting site.


Stavropol Region

October 15 – October 30

A Yahad team conducted the 15th research trip in Russia from October 15 – October 30 in the region of Stavropol.

In Soldato-Aleksandrovskoye, our team met Nina (pictured above), whose father fought with the Reds during the Revolution. He was a member of the Communist Party. Nina recounted, "We were rounded up with my mother, my sister, my nephew by a former kulak because we were 'dirty communists.' We were loaded into a tarp-covered truck with 30 Jewish refugees. Two Germans threw us out of the truck. They lined up a first group at the edge of the anti-tank ditch. A row of shooters faced them and shot them. An uncle, requisitioned with his truck to bring the shooters to the execution site, managed to save us."
Exhibit Premieres for the first time in Latin America
Lycée Jules Verne in Guatemala City
On October 5, we premiered our “Holocaust by Bullets” exhibit in Latin America for the first time, in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The exhibit, presented in both Spanish and English, opened at Lycée Jules Verne, an international French high school located in Guatemala City. The goal of the exhibit is to teach this dark chapter of history to a younger generation in the hopes of preventing future cases of mass violence.
Both Father Patrick Desbois and Yahad Executive Director Marco Gonzalez spoke at the opening, stressing the need to transmit this history to high school students. We also had the honor of welcoming Jean-Hugues Simon-Michel, French Ambassador to Guatemala and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala Carlos Raúl Morales. The exhibit was on display at Lycée Jules Verne until October 15.

Yahad-In Unum Empowers European Educators to Teach the Holocaust by Bullets in Eastern Europe
Vilnius, Lithuania
On October 1, our “Holocaust by Bullets” exhibit was displayed for the first time in Eastern Europe, at the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum’s Tolerance Center in Vilnius, Lithuania. We were honored to have Archbishop Pedro Lopez Quintana, Apostolic Nuncio for the Baltic States and H. E. Philippe Jeantaud, Ambassador of France to Lithuania speak on the opening day.  

Along with the exhibit premiere, Yahad team members held a half-day teacher training workshop for 25 Lithuanian teachers on October 1. This training workshop offered an opportunity for Lithuanian teachers to learn more about the Holocaust by Bullets and discover resources they could use to teach this chapter of history in their classrooms. The workshop included a presentation on the history of the Holocaust by Bullets and Yahad’s work as well as an explanation of how to utilize the interactive map and the teacher’s study guide. At the end of the training, all of the teachers received an official certificate of completion.

Yahad-In Unum training for investigators of mass violence at Nazareth College and Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Yahad team members, Michal Chojak and Andrej Umansky (second and third to the left in the back row) with the workshop’s participants.
On September 24-25, Yahad team members conducted a special training workshop on investigating mass crimes for students of Nazareth College and Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Upstate New York. This two-day workshop, led by Father Desbois, Yahad Historical Advisor Andrej Umansky and Yahad Deputy Research Director Michal Chojak, focused on the application of Yahad methodology in present-day cases of violence and conflict within local communities. Twenty students participated in the training workshop and attended a series of talks and roundtable discussions on Yahad-In Unum’s work in Eastern Europe and how the Holocaust by Bullets has become a model for contemporary mass crime.
Yahad-In Unum graduate-level course begins at the University of the Panthéon-Sorbonne

October 13 marked the first day of Yahad-In Unum’s advanced graduate course on the Holocaust by Bullets at the University of the Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris 1. This seminar is offered within the Masters Program on the History of Western Societies and is taught by CNRS Research Director Denis Peschanski, University of Picardie Professor Edouard Husson and Yahad Research Director Patrice Bensimon. The course consists of six units and will run until May 2016. The topics covered in the course include the geography of the Holocaust by Bullets, the source material used to uncover this history, and tracing the steps of the crime.

University of the Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris

"How to Teach the Holocaust by Bullets" Seminar for European Teachers at the Caen Memorial
November 7-8
From November 7-8, Yahad-In Unum, in partnership with the Caen Memorial, will hold our sixth annual European teacher-training seminar on “How to Teach the Holocaust by Bullets.” The seminar will be comprised of a 2-day series of lectures and teaching activities for high school teachers, who will travel from across Europe to attend. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for updates and pictures from this event.
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