Yahad – In Unum’s work has been recognized through the many awards and honors presented to Father Desbois including:


  • The Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the Jewish Theological Seminary, May 21, 2015.


  • CRIF Award from The Council of Jewish Institutions of France and recognized by the French President, François Hollande, Paris, March 2014.


  • Hope for Humanity Award from the Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas, October 2013.

  • Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award from Houston Holocaust Museum, Houston, May 2013.

  • Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, May 2013.

  • U.S. Department of State marks United Nations International Day of Commemoration for Victims of the Holocaust with a presentation of Yahad-In Unum investigations by Father Desbois, Washington D.C., January 2013.


  • United Nations presents “Holocaust by Bullets: Uncovering the Reality of Genocide” by Father Desbois, New York, November 2012.

  • The Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by New York University, May 16, 2012.


  • The Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by Yeshiva University of New York, May 2011.


  • Primo Levi Award for Peace and Culture, Rome, 2010.

  • Prix Mémoire de la Shoah Jakob Burchman attribué par la Fondation du Judaïsme Français, 2010.

  • Remembrance Day Award, Ben Gurion University of the Neguev, 2010.


  • Degree of Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, June 2009.

  • Honorary Doctorate by Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv, May 2009.


  • National Jewish Book Award “Holocaust by Bullets” (Palgrave-Macmillan), 2008.

  • Medal of the City of Issy les Moulineaux conferred by the Mayor, December 2008.

  • B’nai Brith International Award, New York, 2008.

  • Medal of the City of Nancy, France, October 2008.

  • Laureate of the “Prix Éthique et Société – Gilles Simon”, Paris, November 2008.

  • Laureate of the “Prix de l’Amitié Judéo-Chrétienne”, Paris, October 2008.

  • Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur for research work on the Holocaust in Ukraine, presented by President of France Nicolas Sarkozy, June 2008.

  • Shofar of Freedom Award Temple Israël, Albany, NY, 2008.

  • B’nai B’rith International Award for Outstanding Contribution to Relations with the Jewish People, Paris, December 2008.

  • Medal Contre l’Oubli, International League against Racism and anti-Semitism (LICRA), October 2008.

  • Humanitarian Award, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, May 2008.

  • Roger E. Joseph Prize – individual making lasting contributions to the cause of human rights,  Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, May 2008.

  • Medal of Valor for Contributions to Interfaith Tolerance and Cooperation, Simon Wiesenthal Center, Los Angeles, May 2008.


  • Jan Karski Award, American Jewish Committee, Washington, D.C., May 2007.


  • Medal Community Merit, Israelite Consistory of Marseille, December 2006.

  • Anti Defamation League Medal, 2006.

  • Prize AJCF (Amitié Judéo-Chrétienne de France), 2006.

  • Human Rights Award from B’nai B’rith France, Paris, May 2006.


  • Louis Blum Award , CRIF Grenoble, July 2005.

  • Medal of the City of Grenoble,  2005.

  • The Inter Faith Medallion from ICCJ – International Council of Christians and Jews, 2005.