Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission Awareness - Education - Inspiration

Prijedor: Lives From the Bosnian Genocide Exhibit Visits Cameron County

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) hopes to educate citizens about the circumstances that lead to the Bosnian Genocide through the thirty-four (34) panel, Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide exhibit at eight Texas venues through spring 2015. The exhibit opens this week at its fifth stop, the Brownsville Historical Association’s Historic Market Square, and will run through October 10, 2014.

Genocides begin when intolerant and hateful individuals dehumanize others in a society by putting them into separate and unequal classes and deliberately harming them. According to the Genocide Watch organization, 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.

The Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide exhibit relates the story of genocide in the Bosnian city of Prijedor between 1992 and 1995. The exhibit honors both the memory of the lives lost in the genocide and the experiences of the survivors whose stories are told within the 34 panel series. Prior to its stop in Brownsville, the exhibit was displayed in Georgetown, Lubbock, Midland, and Tyler. Following Brownsville, the exhibit will travel to the Abilene Public Library in October 2014.

The mission of the Brownsville Historical Association (BHA) is to preserve, educate, and promote the history, heritage, and cultural arts of Brownsville, Texas and its environs through exhibitions, educational programs, publications, cultural events, and archival collections. The vision of BHA is to improve the quality of life for all residents of Brownsville, Texas and its environs by providing life-long learning experiences about the history, cultural arts, and heritage of the region, and to continue to attract tourism to the heart of Historic Downtown Brownsville.

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission increases awareness of genocide and the Holocaust through educational programs, resources, assistance, and coordination of groups, events, and volunteers. Chaja Verveer, THGC commissioner and a Holocaust survivor, says, “Our kids need to be taught to recognize and fight bigotry, to stem hatred and prejudice and learn about living together, embracing diversity.”  The Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide exhibit is open to all Texans, and students and educators are encouraged to attend.

Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission programs include teacher workshops providing guidance in teaching the Holocaust and other genocides, the recording of concentration camp liberator oral histories, and the enhancing of social studies curriculum through requiring the teaching of genocide-related content in school classrooms.