In Broad Daylight: The Secret Procedures behind the Holocaust by Bullets

In Broad Daylight: The Secret Procedures behind the Holocaust by Bullets

by Father Patrick Desbois

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In Broad Daylight: The Secret Procedures behind the Holocaust by Bullets by Father Patrick Desbois

How the Murder of More Than Two Million Jews Was Carried Out—In Broad Daylight

Based on a decade of work by Father Patrick Desbois and his team at Yahad–In Unum that has culminated to date in interviews with more than 5,700 neighbors to the murdered Jews and visits to more than 2,700 extermination sites, many of them unmarked.

One key finding: Genocide does not happen without the neighbors. The neighbors are instrumental to the crime.


In his National Jewish Book Award–winning book The Holocaust by Bullets, Father Patrick Desbois documented for the first time the murder of 1.5 million Jews in Ukraine during World War II. Nearly a decade of further work by his team, drawing on interviews with neighbors of the Jews, wartime records, and the application of modern forensic practices to long-hidden grave sites. has resulted in stunning new findings about the extent and nature of the genocide.

In Broad Daylight documents mass killings in seven countries formerly part of the Soviet Union that were invaded by Nazi Germany. It shows how these murders followed a template, or script, which included a timetable that was duplicated from place to place. Far from being kept secret, the killings were done in broad daylight, before witnesses. Often, they were treated as public spectacle. The Nazis deliberately involved the local inhabitants in the mechanics of death—whether it was to cook for the killers, to dig or cover the graves, to witness their Jewish neighbors being marched off, or to take part in the slaughter. They availed themselves of local people and the structures of Soviet life in order to make the Eastern Holocaust happen.

Narrating in lucid, powerful prose that has the immediacy of a crime report, Father Desbois assembles a chilling account of how, concretely, these events took place in village after village, from the selection of the date to the twenty-four-hour period in which the mass murders unfolded. Today, such groups as ISIS put into practice the Nazis’ lessons on making genocide efficient.

The book includes an historical introduction by Andrej Umansky, research fellow at the Institute for Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, University of Cologne, Germany, and historical and legal advisor to Yahad-In Unum.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628728590
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 19,035
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Father Patrick Desbois is president of Yahad in Unum, founded with Cardinal Lustiger, archbishop of Paris, and Israel Singer, chairman of the World Jewish Congress, and holds an endowed professorship at Georgetown University. He is the author of The Holocaust by Bullets, winner of the 2008 National Jewish Book Award, and has received numerous honors for his groundbreaking work on the Holocaust, including the Humanitarian Award from the US Holocaust Museum. He travels extensively for speaking engagements and has appeared twice on 60 Minutes. He resides in Washington, DC, and Paris, France.
Father Patrick Desbois is president of Yahad in Unum, founded with Cardinal Lustiger, archbishop of Paris, and Israel Singer, chairman of the World Jewish Congress, and holds an endowed professorship at Georgetown University. He is the author of The Holocaust by Bullets, winner of the 2008 National Jewish Book Award, and has received numerous honors for his groundbreaking work on the Holocaust, including the Humanitarian Award from the US Holocaust Museum. He travels extensively for speaking engagements and has appeared twice on 60 Minutes. He resides in Washington, DC, and Paris, France.

Table of Contents

Historical Introduction Andrej Umansky vii

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Night Before

1 The Architect 15

2 The Requisitions 24

3 The Diggers 47

4 The Night 58

5 The Rapes 69

Part 2 The Morning

6 Barriers 77

7 The Column of Jews 84

8 The Girl in Love 91

9 The Director of the Trucking Company 98

10 The Transporters of Jews 105

11 The Layers of Planks 114

Part 3 The Day

12 The Dance 127

13 The Cooks and the Shooters 134

14 The Curious Children 145

15 The Child with the Bullets 152

16 The Forced Witnesses 156

17 A German Soldier as Spectator 163

18 The Transporter of Clothing 171

19 The Teachers 178

Part 4 The Evening

20 The Fillers 187

21 The Sale 197

Part 5 The Day After

22 The Auctions 203

23 The Coats 211

24 The Patchworker 217

25 The Sanitizer 221

26 The Method 225

Conclusion: The Photographer 244

Afterword 251

Notes 257

Index 271

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Father Patrick Desbois's Awards and Honors

  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Jewish Theological Seminary, NYC, May 2015
  • CRIF Award 2014 presented to Father Desbois "in recognition of his commitment to the truth" by The Council of Jewish Institutions of France and recognized by the French President, François Hollande, Paris, March 2014
  • Hope For Humanity Award from the Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas, October 2013
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award from Houston Holocaust Museum, Houston, May 2013
  • Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, May 2013
  • U.S. Department of State Marks United Nations International Day of Commemoration for Victims of the Holocaust (Shoah) with a presentation of Yahad-In Unum investigations by Father Patrick Desbois, Washington D.C., January 2013
  • United Nations presents "Holocaust by Bullets: Uncovering the Reality of Genocide" by Father Patrick Desbois, New York, November 2012
  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from New York University, New York, May 2012
  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Yeshiva University, New York, May 2011
  • U.S. State Department award fromSpecial Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Hannah Rosenthal, Washington D.C., May 2011
  • Primo Levi for Peace & Culture, Rome, Italy, 2010
  • Memoire de la Shoah Jacob Burchman Award from the Fondation du Judaisme Français, Paris France, 2010
  • Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, June 2009
  • Honorary Doctorate from Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv, May 2009
  • Medal of Valor from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Los Angeles, May 2008
  • Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur presented by President Nicolas Sarkozy, Paris, June 2008
  • National Jewish Book Award (2008) for The Holocaust by Bullets by Father Desbois
  • Humanitarian Award, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C., May 2008
  • Jan Karski Award, American Jewish award, Washington, D.C., May 2007
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    tony-hausner More than 1 year ago
    This book is one of the most powerful and important books I have read. Very very disturbing. What happened in the killing fields was horrendous. Not just to the victims but the actions of the towns people is extremely hard to stomach. We need to learn many important lessons from this book. I highly encourage all to read this book. He is speaking this Thursday, April 5 at Goergetown University.