‘Parallel Journeys’ exhibit showcases lives of teenagers in WWII, Holocaust

Community members learn about the lives and stories of six WWII-era teenagers at the 'Parallel Journeys' exhibit, Cedar City, Utah, June 6, 2016 | Photo by Kaleigh Bronson, St. George/Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — While most people are familiar with the story of young Anne Frank during World War II, many other young people went through their own struggles during this turbulent time. In an effort to illuminate this topic, the “Parallel Journeys: WWII and the Holocaust through the Eyes of Teens” traveling exhibit has come to the Cedar City Library in the Park. The exhibit will run through June and is free and open to the public.

Community members learn about the lives and stories of six WWII era teenagers who changed our world, Cedar City, Utah, June 6, 2016 | Photo by Kaleigh Bronson, St. George/Cedar City News
Community members learn about the lives and stories of six WWII-era teenagers, Cedar City, Utah, June 6, 2016 | Photo by Kaleigh Bronson, St. George/Cedar City News

The exhibit has been provided and presented by the Kennesaw State University Museum of History and Holocaust Education. The permanent exhibit includes the stories of 40 teenagers who were “witnesses, participants and often victims” of World War II and the Holocaust.

However, the traveling exhibit features the stories of six teenagers who survived concentrations camps, hid themselves and others from the Nazis, led rescue efforts, served as soldiers or aided individuals who were targets of Nazi oppression.

Some individuals being showcased include writer Anne Frank, athlete Margaret Lambert, sympathizer Jan Kostanski and soldier-turned-civil rights activist William A. Scott III.

The Parallel Journeys exhibit also covers topics related to the era such as propaganda, the rise of Antisemitism, other minority communities that were also victimized, the Nazi’s “Final Solution” and the intricate nature of both World War II and the Holocaust and the effect that intricacy had on young people of the time.

According to the Museum of History and Holocaust Education website, “The testimonies in Parallel Journeys document different experiences of World War II and the Holocaust and demonstrates some of the realities of this brutal conflict.”

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Event details

  • What: “Parallel Journeys: WWII and the Holocaust through the Eyes of Teens” traveling exhibit
  • When: June 1-30 | Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Where: Cedar City Library in the Park, 303 N 100 East, Cedar City
  • This exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Cedar City Library at 435-586-6661 or go to the Cedar City Library website.

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