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May 16, 2017
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Ticket Price:
$125 per ticket
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6:30 p.m.

Venue One
1034 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60607


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Uncovering the Truth:
A Lost Chapter of Holocaust History
Benefit Event
Rings discovered by Father Patrick Desbois near a mass grave in western Ukraine. <i>US Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Father Patrick DesboisM</i>
Rings discovered by Father Patrick Desbois near a mass grave in western Ukraine. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Father Patrick DesboisM

Join the Chicago Next Generation for a discussion with Father Patrick Desbois, a French Catholic priest who is leading a historic undertaking to uncover the truth behind the murder of Jews during what is known as the “Holocaust by bullets.” 

Working closely with Museum scholars, Father Desbois seeks to identify all the locations in eastern Europe where Jews, Roma, and other victims were shot and killed by the Nazis and their collaborators. The artifacts he collects and the video testimonies he records with eyewitnesses—many of whom are speaking publicly about their experiences for the first time—will be preserved forever in the Museum’s collection. 

Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be served. 

For questions or more information, please contact Renee Rotter at 847.433.8099 or

Featured Speaker
Father Patrick Desbois, Founder and President, Yahad–In Unum
Suzanne Brown-Fleming, Director, Visiting Scholar Programs, US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Event Co-chairs
Carlee and Danny Gutman
Faylyn and Danny Kaufman
Stacey and Brian Price

Chicago Next Generation Board Chairs
Alisa and Adam Bergstein
Melissa Grund Sarnoff and David Sarnoff

Chicago Next Generation Associate Board Chairs
Dena and Zach Fox
Allison and Scott Helberg

Midwest Regional Office

Please note that the Museum may be recording and photographing this event. By your presence you consent to the Museum's use of your image.

Watch: Curator Discusses Rings Found Near Mass Gravesite
Archivist Rebecca Erbelding shares how five rings found near a mass gravesite in Busk, Ukraine, came to the Museum, as well as their significance in the record of the Holocaust. The rings were donated by Father Patrick Desbois.
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Voices on Antisemitism: Father Patrick Desbois
In 2004, Father Patrick Desbois set out across Ukraine to locate the sites of mass killings of Jews during the Holocaust. He is motivated in part by the memory of his own grandfather, a French soldier who was deported to Ukraine by the Nazis.
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Special Focus: Holocaust by Bullets
Yahad — In Unum is a Christian organization committed to uncovering the truth behind the murder of Jews in eastern Europe during the Holocaust. The organization’s president and founder, Father Patrick Desbois, has devoted his life to confronting antisemitism.
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Watch: Paul Shapiro on the Historical Contributions of Father Patrick Desbois
Paul Shapiro, Director of the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, reflects on the significance of Fr. Patrick Desbois's efforts to locate and preserve the evidence of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union.
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