Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission Awareness - Education - Inspiration

Prijedor: Lives From The Bosnian Genocide Panel Exhibit Visits Midland 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 over the course of the next two years. The exhibit opens this week at its third stop, Midland College’s McCormick Gallery, and will run through the end of February.

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 Midland, the exhibit was displayed at the Williamson County Courthouse in Georgetown and the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library in Lubbock. Following Midland, the exhibit will travel to the University of Texas in Tyler in March 2014.

Established in 1978, the McCormick Gallery’s mission is to exhibit, collect and preserve works of art for all to enjoy, share with others and benefit future generations. Whether visiting for the first time, or returning, the McCormick Gallery always provides an educational experience.

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. 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.