In his National Jewish Book Award–winning book The Holocaust by Bullets, Father Patrick Desbois and his organization, Yahad – In Unum, documented for the first time the murder of 1.5 million Jews in Ukraine during World War II, based on wartime records, interviews with locals, and the application of modern forensic practices to long-hidden gravesites. Nearly a decade of further work by his team, drawing on interviews with four thousand neighbors of the Jews, has resulted in stunning new findings about the extent and nature of the genocide.
The newly published In Broad Daylight documents mass killings in seven countries formerly part of the Soviet Union that were invaded by Nazi Germany. It shows how these murders followed a template, or script, which included a timetable that was duplicated from place to place. Far from being kept secret, the killings were done in broad daylight and deliberately involved the local inhabitants in the mechanics of death.
Father Patrick Desbois is the founder and president of Yahad - In Unum, a French organization that gives voice to the Holocaust by Bullets, a chapter of history that has remained silent for far too long. Father Desbois and his team identify each execution site and collect the testimonies of surviving witnesses (often non-Jews). To date, Yahad - In Unum has recorded more than 5,300 witness testimonies and identified over 2,100 execution sites.
He is the author of The Holocaust by Bullets, winner of the 2008 National Jewish Book Award, and has received numerous honors for his groundbreaking work on the Holocaust, including the Humanitarian Award from USHMM and the 2017 Lantos Human Rights Prize. Father Desbois travels extensively for speaking engagements and has appeared twice on 60 Minutes. He resides in Washington, DC, and Paris, France.