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2015-10-01

Yahad-In Unum: Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum Presents Holocaust by Bullets, Yahad-In Unum - 10 Years of Investigations

Exhibit Revealing Little-Known Model for Genocide Debuts in Eastern Europe
October 1 to November 22, 2015

VILNIUS, Lithuania, Oct. 1, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Vilna Gaon Jewish
State Museum, in Vilnius, Lithuania, debuts the exhibit, "Holocaust by
Bullets, Yahad-In Unum - 10 Years of Investigations," from October 1 to
November 22, 2015. Based on ten years of investigation by the international
nonprofit organization, Yahad-In Unum and its founder, Father Patrick
Desbois, the exhibit chronicles the lesser-known side of the Holocaust. This
is the first time the "Holocaust by Bullets" exhibit will be on display in a
part of the world that suffered the actual atrocities of the period. This is
also the first time the exhibit is being displayed in a country where mass
graves of the "Holocaust by Bullets" victims were found.

In addition, Yahad-In Unum will conduct a training workshop for Lithuanian
educators to help teach this part of Lithuanian history to new generations
and to help the fight against anti-Semitism. The workshop will include the
history of the "Holocaust by Bullets" and the methodology Yahad-In Unum
applied to build their research. Yahad-In Unum's will also instruct on the
usage of its proprietary teaching tools which include an interactive map,
teacher's guide, and the exhibit itself.

Known as the "Holocaust by Bullets," the systematic killing of all Jews and
the persecution of Roma started before the creation of concentration camps
throughout the ex-Soviet Union from 1942 to 1944 and continued until WWII's
end.The form of genocide detailed by Yahad-In Unum's exhibit is unlike any
other
study of genocidal activity ever conducted and presented.

"Because some of the images are disturbing, they have been presented in a
thoughtful and discreet fashion, enabling the visitor to view them at his or
her own discretion," says Father Desbois. "The visitor in effect becomes a
'witness' to the crime, choosing to delve deeper into the findings."

Yahad-In Unum, founded by French Catholic priest Father Patrick Desbois,
presents its painstaking 10 years of research in a succinct yet approachable
manner that enables the visitor to uncover, step-by-step, the crime committed
against Jews and Roma by the Nazi killing units.

In Cambodia, Rwanda, Darfur, the Balkans and Syria, such mass killings are
modeled after what Father Desbois calls the archetype of these horrors -
those village-by-village, in situ (on site) massacres - perpetrated by the
Nazis and their collaborators in Eastern Europe.

"This method of killing Jewish men, women and children and leaving them in
mass graves in the middle of the forest was systematically employed by the
Nazis in Eastern Europe. Each killer saw his victim, each victim saw his
killer," says Marco Gonzalez, Director of Yahad-In Unum in Paris.
"Unfortunately, this is the same method being used today in the mass crimes
which continue to take lives of innocent groups of people across the world."

The exhibit gives viewers a chance to learn about this lesser-known side of
the Holocaust, through eyewitness testimonies, photographs, and maps. The
exhibit presents Yahad's identification of five steps of the crime that took
place almost systematically for every mass killing throughout Eastern Europe
leading up to the executions-the arrest, the road, the undressing, the
shooting, and after the executions, the looting.

About The Exhibit

A key strategy regarding the presentation of the exhibit in the USA is to
reach communities and challenge new generations to face issues of
anti-Semitism and violence today. Father Desbois believes that if these
issues are tackled, named and discussed, it will help prepare new generations
to take responsibility and perhaps decide to take action to combat them. He
adds: "With violence and anti-Semitic attacks on the rise, the work of
Yahad-In Unum is crucial and more important than ever. We are on the front
lines of this critical battle."

Accompanying the exhibit is a 130-page Teacher's Guide that provides educators
with material to enable an in-depth study of the "Holocaust by Bullets" with
sample questions and activities to engage a discussion about the issues
surrounding genocides and the individual's responsibility. Along with the
installation, monitors are available to view extended eyewitness testimonies.

Background

Between 1942 and 1944, more than 2 million Jews were massacred when Nazi
Germany invaded the Soviet Union. In a period of two and half years, the
Nazis killed nearly every Jew in the region. The mass murder was part of the
Holocaust, Hitler's genocide of the Jewish people. Until recently, this
chapter of Holocaust history, referred to as the "Holocaust by Bullets," was
relatively unknown. To date, Yahad-In Unum has identified over 1700 mass
killing sites and interviewed over 4,000 local, non-Jewish eyewitnesses in
Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania, Romania, Republic of Macedonia
and Poland.

As distinct from the concentration camps, there are few survivors to tell the
world what had happened. It is estimated that in less than five years, these
witnesses will be gone.

About Yahad - In Unum

Yahad - In Unum combines the Hebrew word - Yahad meaning "together," with the
Latin phrase In Unum, meaning "in one." Founded in 2004 by Father Patrick
Desbois, the organization is dedicated to systematically identifying and
documenting the sites of Jewish mass executions by Nazi mobile-killing units
in Eastern Europe during World War II. The objective of this work is to
substantiate the "Holocaust by Bullets," provide evidence, give proper
respect to the victims' burial places and disseminate the universal lessons
about genocide and mass killings. Yahad-In Unum is the sole Christian
organization dedicated to finding the truth about these killings. For more
information, please visit http://www.yahadinunum.org.

About The Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum

The Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum is dedicated to preserving the history and
heritage of Lithuanian Jews. The museum was established in 1989 by the
Lithuanian Ministry of Culture. Over the course of the following years, its
exhibition items, many from earlier Jewish museums in Lithuania, were brought
together. It received its current name in 1997, commemorating the 200th
anniversary of the death of the Talmudic scholar Vilna Gaon. Its five
branches focus on various aspects of history and culture. The museum acquires
and systematizes materials, issues publications, conducts research, organizes
permanent and temporary exhibitions, and sponsors educational activities.

CONTACT: For Yahad-In Unum
Jason Grimley
323/309-8714
jasongrimley@spellcom.com

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