This is an important and highly readable memoir/historical inquiry by Father Patrick Desbois, a French Catholic priest who has been, since he was young, trying to understand the profound moral implications of the Holocaust. He writes about how he embarked on a path of study that included learning Hebrew and taking courses at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. He has made it his mission to locate all unidentified mass grave sites of Jewish victims in Ukraine. This book is a compelling report on the results of his efforts so far.
Father Desbois’ very important work is ongoing and has been recognized internationally. This book is published with the support of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and has a forward by its Director, Paul A. Shapiro.
Note: There are hardly any names of victims mentioned. The focus of this is book is Father Besbois’ work at the sites: identifying them, interviewing elderly eye-witnesses to document what took place, and marking the sites as Jewish burial grounds.
This book includes photos, maps, footnotes and an index.
For extensive coverage of Father Desbois and his mission published in the New York Times and written to coincide with a traveling exhibit of Father Desbois' project that opened in Paris, click here.The article includes photos and videos.
Camp Rawa-Ruska, Ukraine
Borove, Lviv region
Khvativ, Lviv region
Ivano-Frankivsk region, Galacia
Konstiantynivka, Zaporjie region
Romanivka, Nikolaiev region
Kilometer Eleven, extermination site near Simferopol, Ukraine
Busk, Lviv region
Lisinitchi, Lviv region
Kovel, Loutsk region
Voskresenskoye, Nikolayev region
Lubianka, Nikolayev region
Novozlatopol, Zaporjie region
Torchyn, Volbyn region
Jovtneve, Nikolayev region
Iltsi, Ivano-Frankivsk region
Bobovry Kut, region of Kherson
Strusiv in the region of Ternopil
Feodosia, region of Crimea