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St. Louis Community College-Meramec and the South County Education and University Center Proudly Present Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide

August 25, 2009

Patrick McCarthy  
Patrick McCarthy

Amir Karadzic  
Amir Karadzic















In April 1992, a genocidal project for an “ethnically cleansed” Bosnia-Herzegovina began. More than 40,000 non-Serb people were expelled from the country or were tortured and murdered. The city 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 is a multi-media exhibit chronicling the wartime experiences of those who are part of the worldwide Prijedor diaspora now living in St. Louis. Survivors come from all walks of life: politicians, writers, physicians, religious leaders and educators describe what it was like to live during this time in an epicenter of genocidal violence. Photographs record the crime scenes and the aftermath so that eye witness accounts cannot be discredited. The exhibit attempts to educate the American public that knowledge of history is the first step in understanding what happened in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1990s. The exhibit is a forum where survivors through their testimonies stepped from persecution to preservation of history in order to educate the next generation to keep its promise when it says “never again.”

Prijedor will run September 1 through October 14 at SCEUC in the main lobby. It will move to Meramec on October 15 and will remain on display in the Library until December 1. The exhibit and coordinated special events are free and open to the public.

South County Education and University Center
Tuesday, September 1
Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide
6:30 p.m., in Multi-purpose Room
Opening reception with Amir Karadzic, exhibit tour, film and refreshments
We invite you to sample light Bosnian buffet of Cevapcici, Ajvar, Zeljanica and Tatani Ploshgush.

Thursday, September 3
The Bosnian Community in St. Louis
12:30 p.m., in Multi-purpose Room
Presentation by Patrick McCarthy
Bosnian Refreshments
The speaker will sign copies of his book after the presentation.

Meramec Campus
Thursday, October 29
Prijedor: A Voice from the Bosnian Genocide
11 a.m., in Student Center 200/201
Opening reception with lecture by Amir Karadzic

Monday, November 2
Prijedor Conference, a film documentary
12 p.m. in the Library Confluence Room
This film chronicles the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Republicka Srpska and the Tribunal’s Outreach Program and covers the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the crimes in and around the municipality of Prijedor. Discussion to follow film.

Tuesday, November 3
The Bosnian Community in St. Louis
11 a.m. in Student Center 200/201
Presentation by Patrick McCarthy
The speaker will sign copies of his book after the presentation.

Meet our main presenters….
Patrick McCarthy is project advisor to the exhibit project. McCarthy has worked with the Bosnian community in St. Louis since 1993. He traveled to wartime Sarajevo in 1994 and founded the St. Louis Bosnian Student project, which located scholarship placements for Bosnian students fleeing war zones. He is co-author of the book After the Fall: Srebrenica Survivors in St. Louis. McCarthy currently serves as Director of the Medical Center Library at St. Louis University.

Amir Karadžic is the Director of the St. Louis-based Union of Citizens for the Municipality of Prijedor and heads the research delegation for the exhibit project. As the exhibit’s initiator, Karadžic wanted to raise awareness about the Bosnian war and genocide, especially as it affected the town of Prijedor.  As a resident of Prijedor, Karadzic lived in the city prior to and throughout the 1992-1995 war. Although many of his neighbors, friends, and colleagues left Prijedor during the early stages of Serbian aggression against Bosnia and Herzegovina, he did not. He writes “…for three years I lived in what seemed to be a coma, a time during which my thoughts could not be heard and actions were rendered useless. It was at this time that I began to wonder if we were still in the twentieth century.”  After years of death threats, he fled the country leaving his family behind; they were later reunited in the U.S. Karadzic is currently employed as a computer analyst and makes his home in suburban St. Louis with his wife and son. He is a regular speaker on the Bosnian genocide and is a correspondent for the Bosnian language newspaper Sabah.