French priest opens Ukraine holocaust exhibit
A French priest opened an exhibition in Kiev Thursday featuring personal objects and photos of some of the estimated 1.5 million Jews killed from 1941 to 1944 after the Nazi invasion of Ukraine.
The exhibit is based on survivor testimonies and other materials collected by Patrick Desbois, whose grandfather was deported under the Nazi occupation and who has for years studied the history of the Holocaust and searched for mass graves.
"Nobody will leave this exhibition untouched, I'd even say, unchanged," said Eric de Rothschild, president of the Shoah Memorial in Paris, at the opening of the exhibit in a former museum in the centre of Kiev.
It includes video-recorded witness testimonies, personal objects from the 1940s, and numerous documents and archive images, including pictures of bodies at massacre sites.
It recounts details of the carnage, including the massacre at Babi Yar, a ravine in Kiev where some 34,000 Jews were killed by the Nazis over two days in September 1941.
Desbois says he and his team have found some 500 mass graves in eastern Europe since 2004.
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