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FAU’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education Co-sponsors Public Lecture by Father Patrick Desbois

BOCA RATON, FL (November 7, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education (CHHRE) within the College of Education, in partnership with Yahad-In Unum Association of France, the Diocese of the Palm Beaches, NEXT GENERATIONS, and B’nai Torah Congregation, will co-sponsor a lecture by Father Patrick Desbois titled, “Holocaust by Bullets,” on Wednesday, November 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at B’nai Torah Congregation, 6261 Southwest 18th Street, Boca Raton.  Father Desbois’ new book, “The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest’s Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews,” will be available for purchase at the event, which is free and open to the public.

“Fr. Desbois and his associates have done so much not only to memorialize victims of the Holocaust in Ukraine, but to discover from eye witnesses what actually happened at these sites of Einsatzgruppen mass murder,” said Rosanna Gatens, Ph.D., director of the CHHRE.  “Their research has enlarged our understanding of the methods of killing and the roles of local people in implementing the Nazi goal of mass murder of Jews and communists.”

Father Patrick Desbois, president of the Yahad–In Unum Association, has devoted his life to confronting anti-Semitism and furthering Catholic-Jewish understanding. Since 2001, he and his team have led an historic undertaking, working closely with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, combing the Ukraine countryside to locate every mass grave and site at which Jews were killed during the Holocaust. To date, Father Desbois and his team have identified 800 of an estimated 2,000 such locations. They are also collecting artifacts and recording testimonies from eyewitnesses, many of whom are speaking publicly for the first time, and which will become part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

For more information about the lecture, please contact Martha Brown at 561-297-2929 or  For more information about the College of Education’s CHHRE, please visit


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