about pha

The Phoenix Holocaust Association (PHA) was founded to facilitate and promote education of the Holocaust. The organization sponsors a variety of events and educational programs as well as provides speakers to the community. 


Father Patrick Desbois

Father Patrick Desbois is a distinguished author, university professor, historian, forensic detective and world renowned human-rights activist.  He has dedicated his life to fighting the bigotry that fuels genocide and to bridging the divide between faiths.  His ongoing work helps brings closure to victims and survivors of genocide and calls for legal justice for the perpetrators.  

He is the founder of Yahad-In Unum (“Together In One”), a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering genocidal practices wherever they are found around the world, providing documented proof of crimes against humanity, and a leading voice of protest on behalf of all past and present victims of mass murder.  

Yahad-In Unum ‘s original charter was documenting evidence of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe, known as the "Holocaust by Bullets.” For nearly two decades Yahad-In Unum pioneered the application of modern forensic research to the study of genocide.  Through this developed methodology, they uncovered the location of more than 2,300 killing sites and documented more than 5,700 witness testimonies to the war crimes of the Einsatzgruppen (Nazi Death Squads). Father Patrick Desbois' first book, Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest's Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews, is based on this work.  His second book on this topic, which was released in early 2018, is titled In Broad Daylight: The Secret Procedures Behind the Holocaust by Bullets. 

Today Yahad-In Unum has vigorously expanded its scope of anti-genocide vigilance.  Father Desbois has spent the last several years with his Yahad In-Unum team gathering testimony from survivors of the Yazidi massacres by ISIS in Northern Iraq. The work has resulted in hundreds of hours of eyewitness accounts of this modern-day genocide and reveals the tactics and strategies ISIS utilizes to abuse and sexually enslave Yazidi women and turn the boys into brainwashed soldiers and terrorists.   While the organization continues to collect evidence of the Yazidi Genocide, they have also established skill advancement centers in refugee camps to help former captives transition back into society.  This research is covered in his new book, The Terrorist Factory: ISIS, the Yazidi Genocide, and Exporting Terror.

Father Desbois has received numerous honors for his groundbreaking work, including the Humanitarian Award from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and the 2017 Lantos Human Rights Prize. Notably, Yahad-In Unum and Father Desbois have been lauded by world leaders including Pope Francis as well as French President, Emmanuel Macron, who awarded him the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest honor, for his work documenting the Holocaust. He also serves as director of the Episcopal Committee for Catholic-Judeo Relations, under the auspices of the French Conference of Bishops.  Father Desbois travels extensively for speaking engagements and has been featured twice on 60 Minutes. He resides in Washington, DC, and Paris, France.




Interview on 60-minutes

Watch the Hidden Holocaust, the 60 Minutes segment featuring Father Desbois' and Yahad-In Unum's work.  

Books by Father Desbois


The Holocaust by Bullets

In The Holocaust by Bullets, Father Patrick Desbois documented for the first time the murder of 1.5 million Jews in Ukraine during World War II, based on wartime documents, interviews with locals, and the application of modern forensic practices on long-hidden gravesites. Nearly a decade of further work by his team, drawing on interviews with 5,000 neighbors of the Jews, has resulted in stunning new findings about the extent and nature of the genocide.

Check out this book from Burton Barr Library:


Holocaust By Bullets - physical book


In Broad Daylight

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, before witnesses. Often, they were treated as public spectacle. The Nazis deliberately involved the local inhabitants in the mechanics of death—whether it was to cook for the killers, to dig or cover the graves, to witness their Jewish neighbors being marched off, or to take part in the slaughter. They availed themselves of local people and the structures of Soviet life in order to make the Eastern Holocaust happen.

Check out this book from Burton Barr Library:


In Broad Daylight - physical book

In Broad Daylight - eBook on Hoopla

In Broad Daylight - eBook on Greater Phoenix Digital Library


The Terrorist Factory

A behind-the-scenes look of the Yazidi genocide and the terrorist threat it holds for the West, based on the investigation by Father Patrick Desbois, Costel Nastasie, and their team at Yahad–In Unum, as first shown on 60 Minutes.  With testimony drawn from more than 200 interviews with Yazidi survivors—girls, women, boys, and men—recorded during 11 investigative trips to refugee camps in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Check out this book from Burton Barr Library:


In Broad Daylight - physical book

In Broad Daylight - eBook on Hoopla

In Broad Daylight - eBook on Greater Phoenix Digital Library

about yahad-in unum

Read more about Yahad-in Unum's work by downloading the document below.