For Immediate Release
Prijedor Genocide Exhibit at Library
Catawba Valley Community College, in partnership with The Hickory International Council, is hosting an exhibit that tells the story of the 1992 Prijedor genocide that took place during the Bosnian War. The exhibit is on display in the CVCC Library through Nov. 21 and can be viewed during operating hours.
“Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide” is a traveling exhibit that presents a compelling chronicle of human tragedy and deliverance. Through documentary artifacts, photographs, and first-person survivor accounts, the exhibit tells a story.
During the summer of 1992, thousands of Prijedor’s Muslim and Catholic citizens were herded into concentration camps and killing centers where they were subjected to unspeakable acts of cruelty and human degradation.
“Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide” represents a unique multi-year community collaboration among the members of the Union of Citizens of the Municipality of Prijedor, the faculty and students of Fontbonne University, and the staff of the Holocaust Museum and Saint Louis Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.
In 2008, the exhibit was nominated for Governor's Humanities Award (MO) and FOCUS-St. Louis What's Right with the Region award.
The Prijedor exhibit and the story it tells is unfinished. Today in Prijedor, there is no significant memorial to the wartime events of 1992-95 and many of the perpetrators of these crimes remain free or in positions of power. Hundreds of Prijedor's murdered dead are unidentified in morgues and mass graves, while their family members have been permanently expelled to places like St. Louis.
One of the goals in developing the Prijedor exhibit was to reach the widest possible audience with this important—but largely overlooked—chapter of the Bosnian War. As journalist Ed Vulliamy said at the exhibit opening, "The future of Bosnia depends on a reckoning with what took place in our region.
The exhibit is on display in the Library, which is located on the second floor of the Cuyler A. Dunbar Bldg. For directions on campus, visit www.cvcc.edu/mapprint.htm. For more information on the exhibit, contact Betty Petersen at CVCC, 828-327-7000, ext. 4441.