Between June 2017 and August 2019, a team of geophysicists, archaeologists, and historians worked to locate and document mass Holocaust graves in Lithuania. This work is vital because the Holocaust has been largely ignored in Lithuania, an easy task when the Jewish population was decimated. The team located graves of tens of thousands of people who were buried with no dignity and no identity. The work gave voice to the silenced, and bore witness to the atrocities that took place under the surface.


Geophysics was used to search for these mass burials because of its non-invasive nature. A focus of the work was centered around respect, particularly respect for the dead. These people have been dehumanized enough. Disturbing their bodies again is disrespectful in the Jewish tradition, yet it is important to honour them by identifying their final resting place.