An international leader in advancing Catholic-Jewish relations, fighting anti-Semitism and Holocaust research, Father Patrick Desbois, who recently visited HWS as a Farash Scholar to discuss his life’s work, will be featured on the acclaimed CBS news program, “60 Minutes,” on Sunday, Oct. 4. The show airs at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Check local listings.
A Roman Catholic priest and consultant to the Vatican, Desbois is a founder and president of Yahad-In Unum (YIU), a global humanitarian organization based in France that is dedicated to identifying and commemorating the sites of Jewish and Roma mass executions in Eastern Europe during World War II. The “60 Minutes” segment will report on the work of YIU.
Desbois’ visit to HWS on Sept. 24 was sponsored by both the Max and Marian Farash Community Lecture series and the Colleges’ annual Human Rights and Genocide Symposium. He discussed his experiences documenting long-hidden Nazi atrocities in his lecture, “Holocaust by Bullets.”
Desbois also participated as a distinguished guest lecturer in a Reader’s College course hosted by HWS and Nazareth College. The Reader’s College course is being co-taught by Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski and Associate Professor of Religious Studies Richard Salter ’86, P’15.
The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation is a nonprofit based in Rochester, N.Y., which values education and entrepreneurship, and has deep consideration for civic and religious communities. Through its efforts, grants are made available to nonprofits in Monroe and Ontario counties, half of which are for projects and programs with ties to Jewish life.
Now in its 16th year, the Human Rights and Genocide Symposium was initiated and has been sustained by generous grants from Dr. Edward Franks ’72. The Symposium seeks to improve understanding of all life-annihilation processes present in our world and to help participants learn more about the circumstances in which genocide is perpetrated.