Chhange Explores Three Genocides in Innovative Exhibit,
Journeys Beyond Genocide: The Human Experience
(Lincroft, New Jersey) – The Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education (Chhange) proudly unveils its permanent exhibit, Journeys Beyond Genocide: The Human Experience. This new exhibit, located at Chhange on the campus of Brookdale Community College, presents the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, and the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The exhibit challenges people of all ages, ethnicities, and religions to preserve human rights in today’s world.
Chhange is a non-profit organization that educates, inspires, and empowers individuals to stand up to injustice. Through its Journeys Beyond Genocide exhibit, Chhange focuses on genocide survivors – not perpetrators. The powerful exhibit shares the human stories behind each genocide, utilizing testimony and archival items – clothing, diaries, keepsakes, and photos – from local survivors who now live in New Jersey.
According to Dale Daniels, executive director of Chhange, “Journeys Beyond Genocide is unequaled in the state of New Jersey. In fact, we believe ours is the only exhibit that explores the universal themes of the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, and the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, together, in one public exhibit.
“We must not allow violence to erase the victims of genocide, their culture, or their communities,” Daniels continues. “The resilience of survivors empowers us to face injustice today and help prevent genocide from reoccurring. Journeys Beyond Genocide demonstrates that people really can make a positive impact in the face of hate and bias.”
Most families showcased in Journeys Beyond Genocide have visited the exhibit personally, as they live locally in New Jersey. As part of the exhibit, visitors can use interactive touch-screen technology to delve into the diverse experiences of people who have survived human trafficking. The exhibit challenges people to fight for human rights today and help people who are in crisis.
To experience Journeys Beyond Genocide, people are encouraged to become members of Chhange. Memberships start at $35 for an individual and $60 for a family. Chhange will be announcing members-only previews of Journeys Beyond Genocide. School groups and members of the media are encouraged to contact Chhange to schedule a visit.
A key supporter of Journeys Beyond Genocide is the Kolber Family Foundation, which generously provided a $50,000 challenge match grant for the exhibit. The Kolber Family Foundation has matched all donations for the exhibit, dollar for dollar, and agreed to raise the challenge match to $75,000. To make a donation, please visit our donation page. Contributions of $2,500+ will be acknowledged with a donor plaque at Chhange.
The Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education (Chhange) was established in 1979. The mission of Chhange is to educate about the Holocaust, human rights, and genocide, promote the elimination of all forms of prejudice, and develop creative programs regarding these crucial human issues.
Chhange facilitates up to 100 programs a year for more than 25,000 students, educators, and community members. These programs inspire people from various ethnic, racial, and socio-economic groups – in New Jersey and beyond – to address human rights issues and become active, involved citizens.
For additional details about Chhange and Journeys Beyond Genocide, please visit www.chhange.org or call 732-224-1889.
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