January 26: Exhibition opening with guest speaker Dr. Wendy Lower followed by an in-depth tour of the exhibition and reception.
January 26 - March 11: Exhibition at Burton Barr Library, 1221 North Central Ave., Phoenix
March 16 - April 26: Exhibition at Arizona State University Tempe Campus, Noble Library, 601 E. Tyler Mall, Phoenix, AZ 85281
School Field Trips are welcome at the Burton Barr Library only.
Private tours with docents available at both exhibition sites for adult groups of 10 or more.
Content of exhibition is suitable for children in grades 7 and above. Some of the images in this exhibit are graphic in nature and may be disturbing.
FREE TO THE PUBLIC
The exhibition "Holocaust by Bullets 10 Years of Investigation" presents the results of Yahad-In Unum’s research in Eastern Europe. It also underscores the "Holocaust by Bullets" as a precursor and model for mass murder crimes today.
The exhibit showcases the painstaking research uncovering the step-by-step nature of the crimes committed against Jews and Roma by the Nazi killing units.
The exhibition is built around the five steps of the crime identified by Yahad-In Unum researchers based on eyewitness accounts:
1. The Arrest
2. The Road
3. The Undressing
4. The Shooting
5. The Looting
The steps are described through quotes from eyewitness testimonies and through archival photographs. A short summary defining each step and highlighting the criminal nature of the Holocaust by Bullets are provided on a separate introductory panel.
A key strategy of the exhibit is to expose people to the devasting and recurrent issues of anti-Semitism and genocidal violence. Father Desbois believes that these issues, when confronted, named and discussed, will help inspire present and future generations to take responsibility and action.
It is critical to note that the form of genocide detailed by Father Desbois and the Yahad-In Unum teams is unlike any other research of genocidal activity ever conducted and presented.
In Cambodia, Rwanda, Darfur, the Balkans and Syria, the mass killings are modeled after what Father Desbois calls the archetype of these horrors – those village by village, in situ massacres – perpetrated by the Nazis and their collaborators in Eastern Europe.
We are looking for volunteers who love history and people. We will provide training by a YIU representative in late January so that you are ready to give private (10 or more people) and school tours. We will also have scheduled shifts on specific days and times.
Yahad – In Unum identifies mass Jewish killing sites and collects forensic evidence of the executions. The team videotapes witnesses’ testimonies to these killings. To this day, Yahad has completed research concerning 2,133 execution sites and has gathered 5,298 testimonies during the course of its 124 research trips in 8 countries (Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Poland, Romania, Moldova, Lithuania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia).
The surviving witnesses are in their 80’s and 90’s. The window of opportunity to collect the evidence is rapidly closing. Visitors to the exhibit will be able to see and hear live testimonies from some of these witnesses.
Schools and groups of 10 or more may schedule a private, docent-led tour of the exhibit at either location. Tours must be booked a minimum of 10 days in advance.
PLEASE NOTE: SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS WILL ONLY TAKE PLACE AT BURTON BARR LIBRARY THROUGH MARCH 13, 2019
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