Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month
In 2011, the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) supported the Texas legislature in setting aside the month of April to memorialize victims and survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides. Genocides begin when intolerant and hateful individuals dehumanize others in a society by putting them into separate and unequal classes and deliberately harming them. Genocides in the last two decades have emphasized the pertinence of this issue, and the threat of further atrocities remains alive in the world today.
Events & Resources
The THGC encourages institutions and the public in general to participate in April events and activities related to Holocaust and genocide remembrance through events at museums, schools, other institutions, and your own household. Educators may consider using THGC resources to teach genocide and Holocaust topics in the classroom during the month.
The THGC is also holding a video contest, open to Texas students from grades 6-12, in commemoration of the month. Themed “Standing Up for Others,” this year's contest encourages students to use their creativity to create short videos encouraging individuals to act when they see wrongs committed. Submissions are due by February 15, 2017. Visit the THGC Video Contest page for details and rules.