More than 40,000 people from Bosnia now call St. Louis their home. For the past year the community leaders have been developing an exhibit titled, "Prijedor: Lives From the Bosnian Genocide." Their approach is to help people understand this sort of calamity as a collection of individual stories, with faces and names and memories. A series of community meetings is under way this fall to engage the Bosnian community in the interpretation of their shared story. The final two are on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 pm at Grbic Restaurant (4071 Keokuk, St. Louis, (314) 772-3100) on October 28 and November 11.
The new multi-media exhibit opens on Sunday, November 25, 2007 with a 2:00 pm program and reception at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center (12 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis).
The exhibit opening program will feature a keynote address by award-winning British journalist Ed Vulliamy (author of Seasons in Hell: Understanding Bosnia's War), one of the first reporters to uncover the network of concentration camps in the Prijedor area in 1992.
The Prijedor exhibit is a unique community collaboration among Bosnians from Prijedor, the Holocaust Museum staff, and students and faculty from Fontbonne University who recorded video interviews with local Prijedor survivors as part of a recent course on the Bosnian immigration. A small research team traveled to Prijedor this summer to gather exhibit materials and conduct additional interviews.