Friday, 12 June 2009 10:15
On Sunday, June 7, 2009, Father Patrick Desbois, a French priest, received an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University as a mark of recognition for his life long project - commemorating the Shoah and its Jewish victims.
According to the site of the Hebrew University: "Father Patrick Desbois is an inspiring figure whose unprecedented efforts to locate the unmarked mass graves of Jews killed by the Nazis have significantly enhanced contemporary knowledge and understanding of the Shoah. Today the foremost figure in Catholic-Jewish relations in France, Father Desbois is head of the Commission for Relations with Judaism of the French Bishops Conference and the founder of the Yahad In Unum (the Hebrew and Latin for ‘together') interfaith reconciliation organization".
Father Patrick has been working in recent years on a vast project in Ukraine and Bielorussia where he is trying to locate the mass graves of the victims of the mass murder that was carried out by the Nazis and their collaborators.
On May 12, 2009, Father Patrick received a similar honor from Bar Ilan University.
View and read the news on the Hebrew University site