The atrocities committed by the Nazis in World War II are well-known today, or many of them are, anyway. Seventy years ago, the war was ending and the horrific murders of millions in the concentration camps of Europe were coming to light.
But there are other stories of killings – thousands upon thousands – that we are still learning about today. That’s in part through the efforts of Father Patrick Desbois, a Catholic priest in France, who is working today to investigate and collect evidence from other sites of mass execution during the Holocaust.
Desbois was in Milwaukee recently, at the invitation of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and Marquette University, and visited Lake Effect to discuss the discoveries of Jewish mass executions found decades after the war.
Father Patrick Desbois is a Catholic priest in France, and President of Yahad-In Unum, a Paris-based organization that works to uncover sites and new evidence of Jewish mass execution during the Holocaust. He’s also author of the book The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest's Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews.