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Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission


Holocaust and Genocide-related TEKS

These revised TEKS include the following items that are relevant to Holocaust and genocide education:

(Updated 2020)

World Geography Studies:

(18) Culture. The student understands the ways in which cultures change and maintain continuity. The student is expected to:

(B) assess causes and effects of conflicts between groups of people, including modern genocides and terrorism;

World History Studies:

(12) History. The student understands the causes and impact of World War II. The student is expected to:

(A) describe the emergence and characteristics of totalitarianism;

(B) explain the roles of various world leaders, including Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, Hideki Tojo, Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill, prior to and during World War II; and

(C) explain the major causes and events of World War II, including the German invasions of Poland and the Soviet Union, the Holocaust, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Normandy landings, and the dropping of the atomic bombs.

(21) Citizenship. The student understands the historical development of significant legal and political concepts related to the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The student is expected to:

(C) identify examples of politically motivated mass murders such as in Cambodia, China, Latin America, and the Soviet Union;

(D) identify examples of genocide, including the Holocaust and genocide in Armenia, the Balkans, Rwanda, and Darfur;

(F) identify examples of American ideals that have advanced human rights and democratic ideas throughout the world.

United States History Studies Since 1877:

(7) History. The student understands the domestic and international impact of U.S. participation in World War II. The student is expected to:

(A) identify reasons for U.S. involvement in World War II, including the aggression of Italian, German, and Japanese dictatorships, especially the attack on Pearl Harbor;

(C) analyze major issues of World War II, including the Holocaust; the internment of Japanese Americans and Executive Order 9066; and the development of atomic weapons;

(D) analyze major military events of World War II, including fighting the war on multiple fronts, the Bataan Death March, the U.S. military advancement through the Pacific Islands, the Battle of Midway, the invasion of Normandy, and the liberation of concentration camps;