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Posted March 16, 2014
Although this is an important aspect of the holocaust, the presentation in this book does not do it justice. It would benefit greatly from a clearer chronology of events, either of the events of the 40's or the subsequent research.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
A map showing the sequence of the investigation would be helpful. Also more depth in terms if historical background both of the Ukraine and of some of the major players, like Blobel, would greatly enhance the impact. There is no question that a great deal of work and emotional involvement went into this much-needed research, for that I thank the good Father. That said, I found the telling of it disjointed and disappointing.
Posted April 30, 2012
If you want the truth, you must read this
Father Desbois has researched and uncovered hundreds of mass gravesites in Eastern Europe that expose a Nazi era Holocaust that few really know about - the local mass execution of whole towns' Jewish populations. The book graphically describes, from witness accounts, the atrocities committed outside the well-documented death and work camps. Fr. Desbois writes simply but with passion. Read it if you dare.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 23, 2010
A New Twist
After studying the Holocaust for 45 years, I'd come to believe that every aspect of the subject had been tackled. Father DesBois found an area that has been barely touched, and covered it with beautiful simplicity.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I had also mistakenly believed that most of the witnesses were dead and gone, but Fr. Desbois came across a wealth of them in the Ukraine. He and his crew went from village to village, searching for and interviewing anyone who had witnessed the slaughter of their neighbors. Reading their poignant words touched my heart and soul.
Desbois did not rely solely on the recollections of elderly people. He had his researchers delve into the first-hand accounts given to the Russian soldiers after WWII, and saw that their memories were accurate.
Opening newly available Russian records and combing the countryside for corresponding witnesses, he adds brilliantly to the Historiography on the Holocaust.
DesBois' narrative is easily followed, and does not require advanced degrees or long-term study to comprehend. The stories are told simply, and his explanations of his and his crews' background work are illuminating.
This is an extraordinary series of tales told by a man who feels the pain in them.
I never knew there was a man like Father DesBois in the Catholic Church.