Rev. Patrick Desbois

Rev. Patrick Desbois
 

Braman Endowed Professorship of the Practice of the Forensic Study of the Holocaust

Center for Jewish Civilization


Father Patrick Desbois, president of Yahad-In Unum, has devoted his life to confronting anti-Semitism and furthering Catholic-Jewish understanding.  Since 2001, he has led a truly historic undertaking of identifying and locating undiscovered mass graves of Jews killed during the Holocaust in Eastern Europe.Stent’s academic work focuses on the triangular political and economic relationship between the United Sates, Russia and Europe.  Her publications include: Russia and Germany Reborn: Unification, The Soviet Collapse and The New Europe (Princeton University Pres, 1999); From Embargo to Ostpolitik: The Political Economy of West German-Soviet Relations, 1955-1980  (Cambridge University Press, 1981); “Repairing US-Russian Relations: A Long Road Ahead”  (2009) “Restoration and Revolution in Putin’s Foreign Policy,” (2008), “An Energy Superpower? Russia and Europe” (2008) and “Reluctant Europeans: Three Centuries of Russian Ambivalence Toward the West,” (2007). Her latest book is The Limits of Partnership: US-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century (Princeton University Press, 2014)

Father Desbois is the director of the Episcopal Committee for Relations with Judaism which is connected to the French Conference of Bishops.  He serves as a consultant to the Vatican on relations with Judaism and was a personal aide to the late Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger.  His book, The Holocaust by Bullets, published by Palgrave-Macmillan, documents his findings and is the winner of the 2008 National Jewish Book Award.  Fluent in Hebrew and English, Father Desbois was awarded the Medal of Valor by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Humanitarian Award of the U.S. Holocaust Museum and Honorary Doctorates from Hebrew University, Bar Ilan University in Israel, and in May 2011, Yeshiva University, amongst other honors.


  • 1991 Masters Thesis (Diplôme d’études appliquées) in Religious History, Université Lyon II
  • 1986 Masters (Maîtrise) in Theology, Université Catholique, Lyon
  • 1981 Entry to the Grand Séminaire du Prado, Lyon
  • 1977 Masters (Maîtrise) in Mathematics, Université de Dijon

Publications, Conferences, Debates and Reports

– Published Holocaust by Bullets (Macmillan Press) in French (2007) & English (2008). German language version launched in January 2009. Winner of the 2008 National Jewish Book Award.

 – Co-Author of documentary film La Shoah par balles (the Holocaust by Bullets) that aired on French national television, March 2008

– Organized the International Symposium on the “Operation 1005: Nazi attempts to erase the evidence of mass murder in Eastern and Central Europe, 1942-1944” organized by Yahad – In Unum, Paris IV-Sorbonne University, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum at the Collège des Bernardins, Paris, June 2009

– Organized the First International Symposium on the Holocaust in the Ukraine with the Memorial de la Shoah (Paris), the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Sorbonne University and Yahad – In Unum, October 2007

Participated in several reports: the Barbie trial; the Touvier trial and the case of Carmel of Auschwitz

– Select conferences abroad:

“In the Tracks of Memory” – Annual Memory & Memorialization Conference – NYU & CNRS Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the Memorial de Caen-Cite de l’Histoire de la Paix, & the French Cultural Services of the French Embassy, New York, Nov. 7-9, 2011

“Forty Years of Dialogue – Reflections and Future Perspectives” International Catholic – Jewish Liaison Committee 21st meeting. Paris, February 27, 2011 –March 2, 2011

Géopolitique, réconciliation et usage de la mémoire, French and Polish Embassies in Ukraine, lnstitut des Sciences du Politique du CNRS, Kiev Mohyla Academy and Institut français de Kiev, Kiev, December 2008.

Comment, aujourd’hui, l’Eglise perçoit-elle le peuple juif et la terre d’Israël?, Institut d’Études   Théologiques, Bruxelles, May 2007.

Les thèses négationnistes et leur buts politiques, Union des Étudiants Juifs de Belgique and Université Libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles, March 2006.

L’antisionisme est-il un antisémitisme?, Service Diocésain des Relations avec le Judaïsme, Évry, October 2004.

Terrorism’s Global Impact, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, September 2004.

Antisemitism & Prejudice in the contemporary Media, Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, February 2003.

Conjoncture internationale au Moyen-Orient et dialogue interreligieux, Davar, Paris, March 2002.

Les lieux Saints de Jerusalem et leur histoire, with Frédéric Encel, Service International de Documentation Judéo-Chrétienne (SIDIC), Paris, March 2001.

Où en sont les relations judéo-chrétiennes depuis la visite du Pape ?, with Gérard Israel, Shlomo Malka, Amitié Judéo-chrétienne de Toulouse, March 2001.

La question chrétienne, une pensée juive du christianisme, avec Gérard Israel, Amitié Judéo-chrétienne de France, Paris, March 2001.

Edouard Drumont et l’Eglise catholique, Conference Inclusion & Exclusion:

Perspectives of Jews from the Enlightenment to the Dreyfus Affair, Université de Haïfa, Israel, March 2001.

Juifs et Chrétiens : le nouveau dialogue, with Geneviève Comeau and Phillipe Haddad, Centre Sèvres, Paris, February 2001