Patrice Bensimon started his academic studies at university in 1997 in the Slavic department at the Sorbonne. He spent one year in Moscow at the University of People’s Friendship and received his M.A. in Slavic Studies when he returned from Moscow. In 2004-2005, he received a M.A. in Soviet and post-Soviet history; his dissertation topic was “Renewal of Jewish community in post-Soviet Russia”. Currently, he is a Ph.D candidate in history in the department of Jewish studies at EHESS (School of High Social Science Studies) and is writing a thesis on “The Jewish sites of memory in post-Soviet Ukraine”, under the direction of Dr. Sylvie-Anne Goldberg. He also serves as Research Director for Yahad-In Unum, an association directed by Father Patrick Desbois, that gathers the testimony of witnesses to the Holocaust in Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and Russia and locates the mass graves of Jews and other victims killed by the Nazis and their allies during WWII on the territory of the former Soviet Union.