The mission of the Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Commission (THGAAC) is to combat and confront hatred, prejudice, and indifference by educating all Texans about the Holocaust and other genocides in an effort to dismantle antisemitism and prevent such future atrocities.
In May 2021, House Bill 1555, the bill containing the Sunset Advisory Commission's statutory recommendations for the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) did not pass during the 87th Texas Legislature. Instead, the Legislature enacted House Bill 3257, which repealed the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission's enabling statute and created the Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Commission to the Texas Historical Commission as of September 1, 2021.
Our DutiesThe Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Commission (THGAAC) strives to fulfill its duties in supporting public education and awareness of the Holocaust, other genocides, and antisemitism in Texas by:
- conducting a biennial study and submit a report on antisemitism in Texas to the governor and the Legislature
- providing advice and assistance to public and private primary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education in Texas
- meeting with and providing information and assistance to public and private organizations
- compiling a list of volunteer speakers who have agreed to share their knowledge and experiences regarding the Holocaust and other genocides
- annually coordinating events in Texas memorializing the Holocaust and other genocides and soliciting volunteers to participate in commemorative events
- Senate Bill 1828 instructs the Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Commission (THGAAC) to develop or approve materials for public school for a statewide Holocaust Remembrance Week. Counseled by the Commission, the Governor’s Office selected the week of January 27th as the date for Remembrance Week
- collaborating with groups to support efforts to recognize International Holocaust Remembrance Day and making recommendations on whether it should be a state holiday
The THGAAC and the Texas Historical Commission (THC) are authorized to cooperate with other organizations, elected officials, and state agencies, including the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and Texas Veterans Commission (TVC).