Wednesday 20 February
In 1990 the scientific investigation of mass graves was in its infancy when Emeritus Professor Richard Wright AM and his late wife started the excavations of three mass graves dating from the Holocaust in Ukraine. In this Lunchtime Lecture, Emeritus Professor Wright will discuss how he and Sonia carried out their forensic work, with photographs to show the progress of their work. What they found was some of the strongest material evidence that can be used to refute Holocaust deniers.
Visitors are advised that this lecture will contain graphic imagery
Richard Wright A.M. is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at University of Sydney. In 1990-1991 the Australian government commissioned him to investigate the horrors of mass graves in Ukraine originating from the Holocaust of WWII. From 1997-2000 he was Chief Archaeologist for ICTY in Bosnia. His team had the grim task of finding mass graves, examining the forensic evidence contained in them, and recovering the bodies. He has given expert testimony at several war crimes trials in The Hague. In 2009 he was Senior Forensic Adviser to Oxford Archaeology during the exhumation and anthropological study of 250 Australian soldiers from WWI mass graves at Fromelles, in NE France.