Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission Awareness - Education - Inspiration

Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide Panel Exhibit Visits Lubbock County

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) strives to educate citizens about the circumstances that lead to the Bosnian Genocide through the 34-panel exhibit Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide display at eight Texas venues over the course of the next two years. The exhibit opens October 7 at its second stop, Texas Tech University’s Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, and will run through the end of October.

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 tells 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 Lubbock, the exhibit was displayed at the Williamson County Courthouse in Georgetown. Following Lubbock, the exhibit will travel to Midland College in January 2014.

A component of the Texas Tech University Libraries, the Southwest Collections/Special Collections Library holds archives of national and international significance.  It is one of the top research repositories in the country.  The institution encompasses the Southwest Collection Archive, the Texas Tech University Archive, the James Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community, and the Natural World, the Crossroads of Music Archive, and the Vietnam Archive, which is part of the Vietnam Center.  The Southwest Collection encompasses millions of historic documents and maps, more than 100,000 books, millions of photographs, thousands of oral histories, reels of microfilm, and films and videos

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.
“Our kids need to be taught to recognize and fight bigotry, to stem hatred and prejudice and learn about living together, embracing diversity,” says THGC Commissioner and Holocaust survivor Chaja Verveer. “This exhibit is open to all Texans, but we especially encourage students and educators 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. For more information regarding Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission programs and the Prijedor exhibit, and to download lesson plans and community guide, visit the THGC Prijedor exhibit page.