Posts tagged Holocaust
Joe Sacco was one of the first Americans to reach Dachau, a Nazi concentration camp, at the end of World War II. His experiences are what led his son, Jack Sacco, to write his Pulitzer Prize-nominated book, "Where the Birds Never Sing."
Our Executive Director, Matt Verdugo, had the privilege of meeting Mr. Simon Gronowski at the Dallas Holocaust Museum on April 19.
Read some highlights about this year's Educator Grants!
Today marks the observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day; however, Texas students continuously show that it is important to remember the Holocaust all year. Read on to find out what one ten-year-old student in particular student has to say.
What will you do to stand up for someone's rights today, in honor of Human Rights Day 2016? Read more about what you can do to make a difference!
The THGC's first annual Texas History Day Award was presented this year. Read on to learn more about the award and our first winner!
The 75th anniversary of the massacre at Baby Yar fell on September 29th-30th, 2016. THGC Education Specialist Robin Lane reflects on the impact of this event, and the importance of breaking the silence around it.
Learn about Commissioner Pete Berkowitz, who recounts his past work on the THGC, which he chaired for 7 years. He also describes current initiatives that he is excited to support.
Stephon Vaughns, the THGC's 2016 Diversity Intern in Education, explains how popular feature films about the Holocaust and genocides have disappointed him. He argues that documentary films on these subjects have been far more effective at educating viewers.
THGC intern Melanie Weinberger is the grandchild of Holocaust survivors. In this post, she explains what that means to her, and how learning of their experiences has shaped her life's path.
We have just wrapped up our 2015-16 Educator Grant Cycle! Read about the projects completed this year and get more information about applying for next year's grants.
The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission is greatly saddened by news of the passing of Elie Wiesel on July 2, 2016. Please join us in remembering and honoring the life of Elie Wiesel, and the ways he changed our world for the better.
THGC Intern Melanie Weinberger describes Martin Fein's service as a commissioner. Commissioner Fein lives in Houston and is the son of Holocaust survivors. He was Founding Chair of Holocaust Museum Houston.
Education Specialist Robin Lane writes in honor of the May 7th anniversary of author Gerda Weissmann Klein's liberation.
Did you know that May is Jewish American Heritage Month? Read on to find out what this means for all Texans.
"Man’s inhumanity toward others is unexplainable. Why do we choose to inflict so much pain on each other?" Even today, Commissioner Berg is still puzzled by man’s cruel and merciless nature.
Memorials are dedicated to significant events or individuals, but what of those that honor topics which are difficult to comprehend? This is a challenge with structures that memorialize genocides, as Social Media Intern Luoman Huang explains.
For Women's History Month, the THGC would like to encourage our blog readers to reflect on the stories of a few of the many women who have resisted against genocide.
Commissioner Gregg Philipson is an Austin resident whose collections and speaking engagements are much in demand. Learn about his impressive contributions to Holocaust education in the state of Texas.
“The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission is like a secret society. We exist, but no one has ever heard of us.” While Commissioner Kasman’s comment about the THGC may be true now, the work that he has put into the organization in education and awareness is assuredly changing that outlook for the better...
While several nations already have remembrance days for the Holocaust, International Holocaust Remembrance Day is unique as a secular, multinational day of observance. On this day, UN member states seek to honor the victims and to develop educational resources. The purpose is both to keep the history alive and prevent future genocides.
The “Final Solution of the Jewish Question” – the total annihilation of European Jewry – was decided upon and put into motion on this day in 1942, at the Wannsee Conference in a suburb of Berlin, Germany.
Today marks the 71st anniversary of the arrest of Raoul Wallenberg. For some, his name may not be well-known, but for thousands of Jewish Survivors of the Holocaust, he meant the difference between life and death.
The THGC Education Coordinator describes presenting at the MLA convention in Austin and suggests an interdisciplinary approach for engaging students.
In 2009, the Texas legislature established the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) to ensure that resources are available to students, educators, and the general public regarding the Holocaust and other genocides. Since that time, Commissioners and staff have worked to bring these resources to Texans, not only so that they might learn more about historical genocides, but so that by learning the lessons of the past, they might make an impact now and for future generations...