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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.