WATERLOO | From 1992 to 1995, a genocidal war engulfed the former Yugoslav republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. In the city of Prijedor, extreme nationalist Serb forces seized control of the multiethnic community and began a systematic persecution of the area’s Muslim and Catholic population.
"Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide," an exhibit at the Grout Museum of History and Science in Waterloo, honors the memory of the lives lost in the Prijedor genocide and the experiences of the survivors whose stories are told.
Thousands in and around Prijedor were subjected to extreme and escalating violations of human rights, including dismissal from jobs, expulsion from homes, forced labor, use as human shields, imprisonment in concentration camps and ultimately, torture, rape and mass killing. A generation that had embraced the imperative “never again” now watched another European community undergo a genocidal ethnic cleansing.
The exhibit was created by genocide survivors from Prijedor who found refuge in St. Louis; faculty and students of Fontbonne University in St. Louis; staff of the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center; and Patrick McCarthy and Barbra Nwacha.
This exhibit runs through June 28. It is included with regular museum admission, which is $10 for adults, $5 for veterans and children ages 4 to 13, and free for Grout Museum District members and children 3 and younger.
For more information, visit www.groutmuseumdistrict.org.