The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance today announced the opening of its “Survival in Sarajevo: La Benevolencija” exhibition June 16 at 5:30 p.m. The exhibition covers the history of the Jews in the Balkans from 1492 to 1941 before turning to the Bosnian war of the 1990s and the story of La Benevolencija.
The exhibit is based on the book by Edward Serotta, Survival in Sarajevo: Jews, Bosnia, and the Lessons of the Past. “Edward Serotta’s photographs taken 20 years ago during the siege of Sarajevo are just as powerful today,” says Dallas Holocaust Museum President and CEO Mary Pat Higgins. “In a world where sectarian violence continues to rage, the images he captured of Jews, Bosniak Muslims, Croatian Catholics and Orthodox Serbs helping one another survive in their besieged city have tremendous resonance.”
The public is invited to a special exhibit opening, reception and talk by Serotta starting at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 16, at the Museum. There are no admissions fees, but an RSVP is required at Eventbrite. “Survival in Sarajevo: La Benevolencija” runs through September 11.
Serotta is Director of Centropa, a non-profit, Jewish historical institute dedicated to preserving 20th-century Jewish family stories and photos from Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, and disseminating these stories and images through films, books and exhibitions.