Brookdale students and employees are invited to experience the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education’s (Chhange) powerful new interactive exhibit “Journeys Beyond Genocide: The Human Experience” during a private open house on Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 1:30 to 5 p.m.
The permanent exhibit, which opens to the public on April 8, features a broad range of testimony, historical accounts and archival personal items donated by local Holocaust and genocide survivors. From clothing, diaries and keepsakes to personal photos, art and rare artifacts, “Journeys Beyond Genocide” offers a moving retrospective on the origins of – and answers to – some of the most devastating atrocities in human history.
“Over the years we have been fortunate to have Holocaust survivors work with us as master teachers, where they would go into local classrooms and teach the human history behind genocide,” said Dale Daniels, executive director of Chhange. “As we are losing them, however, we want to make sure that we keep their voices, their experiences, their strength and their courage alive for future generations.”
Throughout the exhibit, large displays offer detailed information and artifacts from the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide and the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda. Each visitor is also provided with a tablet computer, with which they can access more information about particular installations and create a customized tour for themselves or a particular group.
While “Journeys Beyond Genocide” seeks to inform and inspire residents of all ages, Daniels said the exhibit is also designed to harness that inspiration and encourage visitors to take action in their schools and communities.
In a section titled “Stand Up For Human Rights,” visitors are offered courses of action they can take to help combat six major causes of human suffering in the modern world.
From drafting informational flyers and participating in community outreach programs to meeting with local officials to raise awareness for specific issues, residents of all ages have a role to play in preventing the atrocities of tomorrow, Daniels said.
“We want visitors to know that these problems are not far away. They are happening right here,” Daniels said. “We have had two middle school teachers come in to see this exhibit, for example, who told us that they have children in their school who were victims of human trafficking. So these issues are very real, and they are local.
“Action has always been a driving goal at Chhange,” she added. “It’s not enough to learn about the past, and learn from the experiences of survivors and rescuers. The goal is to use those lessons as inspiration to take action today.”
Brookdale students, faculty, staff and administrators are invited to an exclusive tour of the exhibit on Feb. 28 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. The exhibit is located in the Chhange center in the Bankier Library in Lincroft. For more information visit the Chhange website.
“Journeys Beyond Genocide” opens to the public on April 8. To experience the exhibit, community members are encouraged to become members of Chhange. To learn more about Chhange and the center’s exclusive member benefits, click here. The installation is supported by the Kolber Family Foundation, which has provided Chhange with a $75,000 challenge match grant in support of the exhibit. To make a donation, visit the Chhange donation page. Contributions of $2,500+ will be acknowledged with a donor plaque at Chhange.
View more photos of “Journeys Beyond Genocide: The Human Experience” here.