Overviews of Genocides
In 1948, during the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust, the newly created United Nations resolved to punish and prevent genocides. To do so, it needed to develop a legal definition.
This definition is useful as a means of acknowledging patterns that are evident whenever the crime of genocide happens. At the same time, close examination of historical events demonstrates that no two genocides, or even two victims of the same genocide, are completely alike. Any study of the subject should recognize both commonalities and differences between the histories.
The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission is charged to foster awareness of the six genocides that are recognized by the United States. Click on the following links for brief overviews of each of the six genocides.