by Flash Rosenberg
Artist-in-Residence, LIVE from the New York Public Library
~ ideas drawn as they are discussed LIVE, in real-time ~
Conversation Portrait: Holocaust by Bullets
Father Patrick Desbois with Paul LeClerc
introduced by Paul Holdengräber
direction and live drawing: Flash Rosenberg
video editor: Sarah Lohman
The French Catholic priest, FATHER PATRICK DESBOIS discusses his brave quest to interview Polish survivors who were child-witnesses of the Ukrainian Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II. In this conversation with PAUL LeCLERC, former president of the NY Public Library, Desbois tells how he unearthed forensic evidence to prove that an additional million, horrific deaths occurred in the region. He also reveals how the Polish people were recruited by the Germans to assist in these executions.
FATHER DESBOIS, secretary to the French Conference of Bishops for relations with Judaism and advisor to the Vatican on the Jewish Religion, speaks with PAUL LECLERC, President of The New York Public Library, to reveal how he gathered stories and forensic evidence about these additional, secret, mass killings -- hidden from history until now.
PAUL LeCLERC was the former President and CEO of The New York Public Library, which consists of 91 libraries that serves the most varied constituency and has the broadest mission of any library in the nation. He is the author or co-editor of five scholarly volumes on writers of the French Enlightenment and his contributions to French culture earned him the Order of the Academic Palms (Officier) in 1989 and the French Legion of Honor (Chevalier) in 1996. Dr. LeClerc is currently a trustee of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation, the American Academy in Rome, Union College, and The National Book Foundation.
PAUL HOLDENGRÄBER is the Director of Public Programs - now known as "LIVE from the NYPL."
This conversation occurred on March 3, 2009.