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Patrick Desbois


Father Patrick Desbois is a Roman Catholic priest, consultant to the Vatican and the head of the Commission for Relations with Judaism of the French Bishops’ Conference.

Born in France in 1955, Fr Desbois has devoted much of his career to furthering relations between Catholics and Jews, and as co-Founder and President of Yahad – In Unum, he has spearheaded an initative to locate the sites of mass graves of Jewish victims of the Nazi mobile killing units, the Einsatzgruppen. His address will discuss this work, as well as his most recent book, The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest’s Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews.

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