What We Do

The Friends, a 501(c)(3), non-profit was created to support and help fund the THGC in the execution of its programs. The Friend’s mission can only be accomplished with your donations to insure that the THGC’s programs are successful.

The mission of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission is to promote awareness of the Holocaust and other genocides and to educate and inspire our citizens (students) in the prevention of future atrocities. Among the Commission’s goals are to educate teachers and students to better understand the consequences of hatred, bigotry and apathy. Our focus on students’ education is an investment in future generations.

Our Purpose


Because the THGC has limited funds appropriated by the Texas State Legislature that must be apportioned to the THGC’s wide range of projects during every bi-annual fiscal period, the Friends was organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 50l(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the regulations promulgated thereunder (collectively, the “Code”), and to cooperate with or make grants to other persons, groups, organizations, and agencies that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Code to achieve the above purposes.

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We work on bringing awareness to people who lack understanding on how the acts of the holocaust and genocide occur.


We work together with educators and leaders to improve the education regarding holocaust and genocide.


Through various interactive activities we inspire educators and students. Our video contest has pioneered this synergy to spread.

VP of UT El Paso describing to Holocaust survivors their University studies

VP of UT El Paso describing to Holocaust survivors their University studies

Telling the real stories of survivors and the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides has been a guiding principle for the educational projects that we have accomplished.

Among the programs supported by the Friends in 2015 were: Holocaust Teacher’s module, educator lesson plans; traveling the Bosnian Prijedor genocide exhibit; and, digital recorded and transcribed testimonies of Texas Veteran Liberators of WWII concentration camps. The Friends awarded student scholarships for their ‘Creating a More Just World’ videos as a part of THGC’s annual activities during Genocide Awareness month (April) and have begun an educator’s grant program to support class projects that demonstrate civic or social responsibility.

The Friends is comprised of five directors, from across the state, that administers the solicitation of funds and oversee their proper use to support THGC programs or projects. The chairman of the THGC serves as chair of the Friends on the non-affiliated dominated board. The Friends meet quarterly to review THGC funding requests and vote’s approval of THGC requests, depending on its ability to acquire sufficient funding.

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The function of the Friends of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission is to assist the funding of programs and activities of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC). These efforts are consistent with our purpose to further the educational programs in the state of Texas. The Friends of THGC was established in 2010 to solicit and accept gifts and grants from foundations, public or private sources to use in performing the THGC’s programs, activities and duties. Programs and projects may include:


How We Help

K-12 Teacher Training

We empower educators through our web based programs. Many educators have found our workshops extremely helpful.

Testimony Archives

We gather testimonies from survivors, rescuers and liberators. The value of these testimonies are a life long testament for our younger generations.

Scholarship Programs

We extend grants up to $1,000 to support educators. These funds are then utilized for student projects that bring awareness to genocide.

Education Ethics

A recent study revealed that 2 out of 3 college students chose to plagiarize or cheat on exams. Our curriculum ensures that students understand the responsibility of these actions.

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Your generous donation will bring real change to our current and future generations.

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Accomplishing these educational efforts will require strong commitment from those who do not want to be bystanders to the consequences of hatred, bigotry and apathy by ill-informed or uninformed youth of today.
 -Texas Holocaust & Genocide Commission

Current Board of Directors

Peter Berkowitz
Steve Finkelman
Vice Chair
Mrs. Fran Berg
Richard Kaplan
Dan Trachtenberg