Yahad-In Unum November Newsletter
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Lithuania - Marjampole Region
November 1 - 18

Yahad-In Unum continues in its mission to save Jewish mass graves from obscurity 
The Yahad team had very little archival information on the mass shooting that took place in Azuolo Buda at their disposal. They were certain only that a mass shooting had taken place and that the Jews who were killed there came from another village, located about 20 kilometers away. The field research enabled the team to illuminate why the victims came from so far away as the team learned that the Jews were brought there particularly to build radio cables. Our team located the mass grave of more than 100 Jews thanks to the witness, Kazys, who is profiled below.
Ukraine - Vinnitsa Region
November 2 - 19

"They were assembled in the water of the lake and surrounded [by Germans]."
Our team's investigation in the town of Vakhnivka, where 419 Jews were killed according to the archives, led them to Stepan, who witnessed the mass shooting there. As a child, Stepan followed the column of Jews to the building where they were gathered for the night and then, to the shooting site. Listen to Stepan describe what he saw in his own words in the video below.
Mémorial de Caen Hosts Yahad-In Unum's Fifth Annual Training Workshop for 20 European Teachers on How to Teach the Holocaust by Bullets
November 25 - 27

From November 25 - 27, 20 teachers from around Europe traveled to France to participate in Yahad-In Unum's three-day teacher training on the Holocaust by bullets, which was held for the fifth year and hosted in partnership with the Mémorial de Caen. The first day of the seminar was held for the first time at Yahad-In Unum's new headquarters in Paris and Yahad team members presented on our methodology in the field as well as our archival research work. The group then travelled to the Mémorial de Caen, where presentations ranged from the genocide of the Roma during World War II to how to use Yahad's educational resources to a guided visit of both the museum and the D-Day landing beaches. Our group was very diverse this year with teachers originating from Hungary, the Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Spain, and Serbia among others. Asked about the significance fo the seminar, Marta Goldmann, a Hungarian teacher stated, "This is a very new and unknown part of the Holocaust that we should talk more about. They are just as important as the crimes and horrors that took place in the concentration camps."

Colorado Holocaust Educators Welcome Yahad in Denver for a Series of Educational Events
November 15 - 18

With the support of Colorado Holocaust Educators, Yahad-In Unum had the opportunity to host presentations on the Holocaust by bullets at several high schools and seminars in the Denver area. In total, our team members presented to more than 200 students and educators in the course of 3 days. We were incredibly excited to have the opportunity to meet with such diverse and enthusiastic students and educators and look forward to continuing to share our research in the future!

One of France's Largest Scholar Networks on World War II Memory [Réseau Memorha] Holds Conference, with Yahad-In Unum, on Rescue and the Righteous during World War II 
November 18-19
Annecy, France
Yad Vashem and Yahad Lead Educational Trip to Poland for Professors of ORT France
November 20 - 23

In partnership with Yad Vashem: World Holocaust Center, Jerusalem, Yahad-In Unum organized a Holocaust education training for 20 teachers of ORT France (a Jewish non-profit institution for education) in the Krakow region of Poland. The three-day trip included speaking with witnesses who Yahad has formerly interviewed in the region, visiting mass graves that were unknown before Yahad's investigation as well as visits to Auschwitz and pre-war sites of Jewish life in Krakow. The visit was made possible by Pierre-Jérôme Biscarat, our Educational Coordinator, who is a specialist on the Holocaust and Jewish history.

Yahad-In Unum's Interactive Map Reaches New Milestone: 500+ Village Profiles Online
We are proud to report that as of this month, we now have more than 500 complete village profiles uploaded to our interactive map! Our map serves as a virtual memorial to the victims of the Holocaust in the East, providing information on the circumstances of the mass shooting, historical context of the village, archival photos and witness testimonies. Click on the picture below to discover the map for yourself!
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