In 2009, Senate Bill 482 established the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission to ensure that resources are available to students, educators, and the general public regarding the Holocaust and other genocides.
Since 2010, THGC staff and volunteers have worked on a wide variety of projects to meet the commission’s mission. The following are included among the THGC’s accomplishments since that time:
- Insertion of teaching standards regarding the Holocaust and Genocide into the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
- Insertion of teaching standards regarding the Holocaust into the College Board's Advanced Placement curriculum
- Education of hundreds of Texas teachers through completion of 20 regional live workshops, and most recently through the "Do Not Say They Cannot Hear Us": THGC Interdisciplinary Workshop on teaching the Holocaust and Genocides in the TEA's 20 educational service regions.
- Created an online digital library for educators
- Audio and visual recording of 19 oral histories of Texan liberators of concentration camps through the Baylor Institute for Oral History
- Created the Texas Liberator Project consisting of an educator/student app, website, exhibit, an Honor Roll, and book
- Development and distribution of 10 Stages of Genocide poster project and lesson plans to Texas social studies teachers
- Travel of Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide exhibit throughout the state
- Travel of Vedem: The Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto exhibit throughout the state
- Cooperated with Bullock Texas State History Museum on a Texas portion of the USHMM's State of Deception exhibit
- Begun development of plan to better educate Texas' Hispanic population about genocide
- Engagement of hundreds of Texas students and schoolteachers in annual video and essay contests
- Awarding of grants to educators and institutions for programs supporting the THGC mission
- Partnered with UT Health School of Nursing to develop documentary entitled, Caring Corrupted: The Killing Nurses of the Third Reich
- Creation of a Higher Education Ethics Module and High School Ethics Module
- Established the Dr. Anna Steinberger Outstanding Educator of the Year Award
The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission continues to impact student citizens through these and other on-going programs. By making resources available, the commission would like to imbue in individuals a sense of responsibility to uphold human value, especially in the face of genocidal travesty.