Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission Awareness - Education - Inspiration

Resources for Education

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission provides advice and assistance to public and private primary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education in this state regarding implementation of Holocaust and genocide courses of study and awareness programs. To accomplish this goal, the THGC provides resources for educators to use in classrooms.

Holocaust Remembrance Week

SB 1828 instructs the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) to develop or approve materials for a statewide Holocaust Remembrance Week, starting in the 2019-2020 school year. At the THGC’s suggestion, the Governor’s Office has chosen the week of January 27, 2020 as the date for Remembrance Week. (International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27, which is the date that Auschwitz was “liberated” by Allied troops.)

Review a list of resources approved by the THGC.

Teaching about the Holocaust and Genocides

Consider reviewing the various TEKS that are aligned to the THGC mission of educating the public about the Holocaust and genocides.

Read the THGC's recommendations

Guidelines for Teaching about the Holocaust

Guidelines on teaching about the Holocaust

Guidelines for Teaching about Genocide

Guidelines for Teaching about Genocide

Overviews of the Holocaust and Genocides

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission provides printable and reproducible overviews of the Holocaust and genocides.

Explore genocide histories

Vocabulary

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission is committed to Holocaust and genocide education. The following lists of vocabulary terms, though not intended to be comprehensive, are assembled here in a printable format for educators, students, and the general public.

Review the various vocabulary lists here.

Online Digital Library for Educators (ODLE)

Staff members at the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission have been diligently working to put together a unique set of resources for educators' classroom use. Included are poems, essays, short stories, film clips, and excerpts from novels and memoirs. Many of these sources have strong Texas connections. Educators can gain access to this free, password-protected resource library by attending one of our workshops.

Find out how to access the online library

The Texas Liberators

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) has played the leading role in recognizing and teaching about soldiers from Texas who participated in the liberation of camp inmates late in the Holocaust.  The THGC has funded and provided content in support of relevant initiatives at major universities in the state.  On November 9, 2017, the THGC formally recognized these liberators and their families at the Senate Chambers in the State Capitol.

More about the Texas Liberators

Philipson Collection

The Gregg and Michelle Philipson Collection and Archive includes hundreds of images that support the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission’s mission to educate all Texans, from students to the general public. Each item may be accessed at no charge to download and/or print, with credit to the owners

Explore the Gregg and Michelle Philipson Collection and Archive

10 Stages of Genocide Posters

Based on Dr. Gregory Stanton’s “10 Stages of Genocide” model, the THGC provides a poster set and lesson plans to meet TEKS standards in teaching the Holocaust and genocide in Texas classrooms.

Download the posters and lessons plans