• “Holocaust by Bullets,” a Special Presentation by Father Patrick Desbois

    Desbois Field

    This Saturday at 2 p.m., the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County will present a special program, “Holocaust by Bullets” with Father Patrick Desbois, a French priest who has devoted his life to identifying and memorializing the mass murder sites of Jews and Roma killed by Nazis and local collaborators. Father Desbois, the subject of a recent segment, “The Hidden Holocaust,” on CBS’s 60 Minutes, has tracked down hundreds of previously unidentified mass graves and has also interviewed living witnesses who watched as their neighbors were slaughtered by the Nazis.

    Steven Markowitz, Chairman of HMTC, said, “The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County is honored to host Father Patrick Desbois. His contributions to our understanding of the scope and horror of the Holocaust, and genocides occurring today, are immeasurable. It is our sincere hope that through his incredible work the world truly learns the lessons of the Holocaust so that no other people experience the terror and murder suffered by the Jews, Roma and others under Nazi tyranny.”

    Bishop William Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, a co-sponsor of the event, said of Father Desbois, “He has been tireless in his commitment to being a witness of our Catholic commitment of respect and mutual friendship with our Jewish brothers and sisters, especially those families who mourn the cherished memory of loved ones who were put to death through the Nazi atrocities of the Shoah. May his work bear much fruit and may the memory of those who were lost remind us all of our responsibilities to do all in power to be one in saying ‘never again’ so that we might be one in healing a world that has known too much hatred, violence and death.”

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