Desbois, Patrick, In broad daylight: the secret procedures behind the Holocaust by bullets / Father Patrick Desbois, with a historical introduction by Andrej Umansky, translated from the French by Hilary Reyl and Calvert Barksdale. First paperback edition: New York, 2021

Faculty/Professorship: Slavic Literary Studies  
Author(s): Dreyer, Nicolas  
Title of the Journal: Moreshet : journal for the study of the Holocaust and antisemitism
ISSN: 1565-477X
Corporate Body: Moreshet - Mordecai Anilevich Memorial Study Center for Teaching the Holocaust
Publisher Information: Tel Aviv
Year of publication: 2022
Volume: 19
Pages: 465-472
Language(s): English
Book review of Father Patrick Desbois, "In Broad Daylight: The Secret Procedures behind the Holocaust by Bullets." Moreshet, 19 (2022): 465-472.

Father Desbois’ book In "Broad Daylight: The Secret Procedures behind the
Holocaust by Bullets" is much more than a publication of enormous historical
research on crimes committed by the local Eastern European population
in aiding the German Shoah. In his work, Desbois ultimately pursues the
question of what turns human beings, specifically neighbors, into willing cogs
of an inhumane killing machinery. His research asks specific questions: they
concern the roles these neighbors played in the Nazi genocide, the reasons that
possibly made them collaborate or refuse collaboration with the Nazis, and
the organization, routines, and schedules of an average execution day.
GND Keywords: Osteuropa; Judenvernichtung
Keywords: Holocaust; Shoah; "Holocaust by bullets"; Eastern Europe; occupied Soviet Union; Russia; Ukraine; Belarus; Nazi killing routines; collaboration; behavior of the local population and neighbors
DDC Classification: 940 History of Europe  
RVK Classification: NQ 2360   
Type: Review
Release Date: 17. January 2022