Genocide exhibit on display through Monday

Published on Thursday, 3 April 2014 18:07 - Written by From Staff Reports

An educational exhibit celebrating the lives of the victims of genocide in Bosnia will remain on display in Tyler until Monday.

The traveling 34-panel exhibit “Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide,” is displayed in The University of Texas at Tyler’s Robert R. Muntz Library. The exhibit, which also includes a 40-minute educational video, is free and open to the public.

The exhibit tells the story of genocide in the Bosnian city of Prijedor between 1992 and 1995. It honors both the memory of the lives lost in the genocide and the experiences of the survivors.

The display is on its fourth stop and is sponsored by the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, which works to educate citizens about the circumstances that lead to genocide or ethnic cleaning, according to a news release.

The exhibit itself was collaboratively developed by students and faculty at Fontbonne University in Missouri, refugees from Prijedor living in St. Louis, staff at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, Patrick McCarthy and Barbara Nwacha, according to the school.

Genocides and mass murders led to the killing of more than 170 million people, more than the sum of the deaths in all 20th and 21st century wars combined, according to the Genocide Watch organization.

“I think sometimes we think we are immune to something like this happening to us, but it could happen anywhere …” said Alma Ravenell, head of public services at the library. “A lot of times, people don’t get involved. They turn a deaf ear because they don’t want to make any waves.”

Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information or to schedule a visit, call 903.566.7161 or 903.566.7342.