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.

2018 Student Essay Contest

The THGC is hosting an essay contest open to all Texas students in grades 3-8.  This year's theme is "The Texas Liberator," and the Commission is accepting original essay submissions through March 2, 2018. Scholarships are awarded to submissions in each grade category.

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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

Teaching about the Holocaust and Genocides

In 2010, the Texas Education Agency adopted new TEKS standards related to the Holocaust, genocide, and mass murder based on recommendations made by the THGC.  Though now included as part of the curriculum of Texas public schools, information related to these topics is often missing from textbooks used in the state.  A THGC group of volunteer educators has reviewed the state textbooks and is now in the process of making recommendations, which will assist educators in teaching these vital subjects in their classrooms.

Read the THGC's recommendations

Overviews of Genocides

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission is charged to foster awareness of the six genocides that are recognized by the United States. Overviews of these genocides are provided.

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Classroom Resources

There are so many resources available for educators interested in teaching about genocide and the Holocaust that it can be challenging to sift through everything and find what works best. The THGC is working to categorize and organize resources in a straightforward way to help teachers find what they need. 

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10 Stages 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. The engaging posters work with the lesson plans to help students learn the necessary standards while also challenging them to be upstanders in their community.

Download the posters and lessons plans

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.

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2018 Student Video Contest

The THGC hosts an annual video competition open to all Texas students in grades 6-12.  This year's theme is "The Texas Liberator: Witness to the Holocaust," and the Commission is accepting original two- to three-minute video submissions through March 2, 2018. Scholarships are awarded to submissions in each grade category.

More about the THGC video contest