This year's winner in the category of Holocaust studies is none other than The Holocaust by Bullets (Palgrave Macmillan) by Father Patrick Desbois. This book, which is the basis for the Museum's special exhibition The Shooting of Jews in Ukraine: Holocaust by Bullets, is the heartbreaking and powerful account of Father Desbois' search for mass gravesites of Jews killed by Nazi mobile killing units. We extend our wholehearted congratulations to Father Desbois for his success as well as our thanks for his continued work in bringing closure to this tragic, often untold story. (Click here for a podcast of Father Desbois speaking with Museum director David Marwell.)
In addition to Father Desbois' win, we also received the truly excellent news that Museum of Jewish Heritage publication, Dominican Haven: The Jewish Refugee Settlement in Sosúa, 1940-1945 by Marion Kaplan, was a finalist in the Holocaust studies category. Dominican Haven was the companion book for last year's popular bilingual exhibition Sosúa: A Refuge for Jews in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Kaplan explores the community established by German and Austrian Jewish refugees in a small town in the Dominican Republic: one of the only countries in the world to openly offer safe-haven to Jews during WWII. We are so proud to have published this fascinating work and wish to congratulate Dr. Kaplan on a job well done.