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Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission

Guidelines for Teaching About Genocide

The Holocaust inspired the creation of new terminology, including the word, genocide. Crimes of genocide were never officially recognized until 1948, and the subject is thus a relatively new addition to the world of education.

Genocides continue in parts of the world. Although today’s genocides may be geographically far removed from Texas, our students can hardly avoid the subject. As educators, we would do well to frame it in appropriate terms.

With regard to historical accuracy, sensitivity to student needs and to the subject matter, and appropriate levels of engagement, how may we most effectively reach students? What are the best practices in the classroom?

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) offers the following helpful guidelines on teaching about genocides.

For further clarification on best teaching practices, and how they correlate to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards and Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum, please contact our office (512.463.5108) or attend one of our workshops.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Guidelines for Teaching About Genocide