The Phoenix Holocaust Association is bringing Holocaust by Bullets, a community-wide education program, back to the Valley.
Originally scheduled for spring 2020, the exhibit and education programs will return to the Valley on Feb. 27 and run until April 17 at Arizona State University’s Hayden Library in Tempe.
HBB is a program of Yahad-In-Unum, a non-governmental organization based in Paris and founded by Rev. Patrick Desbois.
The event will feature a keynote address by Rachael Cerrotti, an award-winning author, photographer, educator and audio producer who will share her work that explores the intergenerational impact of war and the inheritance of memory.
She is currently the Inaugural Storyteller in Residence for USC Shoah Foundation where she produces and co-hosts The Memory Generation podcast.
In 2019, Cerrotti released her first podcast — We Share The Same Sky. It was the first-ever narrative podcast based on a Holocaust survivor’s testimony and tells the story of her decade-long journey to retrace her grandmother’s war story. Her debut memoir, also titled "We Share The Same Sky," was released in August 2021.
Exhibit hours are Sundays 1-3 p.m. and Mondays 5-7 p.m. Docent-led tours for the public are offered during these times. ASU students can visit any hours the library is open.
‘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.
With a life devoted to researching the Holocaust and fighting antisemitism, Desbois will lecture at 6:30 p.m. April 4 at the Memorial Union on ASU’s Tempe Campus. His lecture will discuss how Yahad-In Unum identified and documented the murders of more than 2 million Jews and Roma in the former Soviet Union at 2,700 execution sites in 11 countries and with more than 7,000 videotaped eyewitness testimonies.
Desbois kicks off the 10th Annual Genocide Awareness Week programming, a Holocaust Educators Conference in conjunction with the Bureau of Jewish Education, and a concert by the Phoenix Boys Choir preceding Desbois’ presentation and a Klezmer concert.
For a complete listing of events, visit www.holocaustbybulletsaz.com.
Collaborating partners include the ASU School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, BJE, and the Rosenbluth Family Charitable Foundation, the sponsoring donor for Genocide Awareness Week, as well as the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, Jewish Community Foundation, The Molly Blank Fund, and Amy and Andrew Cohn.
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