Winchester residents sponsor Holocaust lecture
Catholic priest and Holocaust researcher drew crowd at Tufts
Woburn, MA, March 21, 2012 - Father Patrick Desbois, a noted Holocaust researcher, spoke to more than 400 students and community members on March 13 at Tufts University’s Cohen Auditorium. The French Catholic priest detailed his work revealing undiscovered mass graves from the Holocaust.
Desbois, president of the Parisian based organization Yahad – In Unum, spoke passionately about seeking truth and justice for the many forgotten victims of a lesser-known aspect of the Holocaust, through which 1.5 million Jews “disappeared” from villages in Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, and Russia. He then connected the past to the present, imploring the audience to seek an end to the senseless killing of innocent people, noting the ongoing challenges throughout the world, including in Syria.
“If you are here today, you have already opened your eyes,” Desbois said. “Cultivate your heart, cultivate your attention, and then you will find your way.”
This major event was part of an annual lecture series of the Cummings/Hillel Program for Holocaust and Genocide Education at Tufts University. Supported by Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, the program teaches students to recognize and be active in confronting societal conditions that might lead to genocide.
Joel Swets, executive director of Cummings Foundation, said, “While recalling the past can be a difficult process, it is vital to preventing future atrocities. The Foundation was pleased to help bring Father Desbois and his important message to Tufts and the greater Boston community.”
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum also participated. Paul Shapiro, director of its Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, traveled from Washington D.C. to make introductory remarks.
For additional information about Yahad – In Unum, visit www.yahadinunum.org. Information about Cummings Foundation can be found at www.cummingsfoundation.org.
PHOTOS: (courtesy of Tufts University)