New legislation in May 1996 recreated the Commission as the Tennessee Commission on Holocaust Education. The name change recognized the primary role of the Commission as education--at all levels and for all citizens. In conjunction with this change, a parallel body was created, Tennessee Holocaust Commission, Inc., (THC), a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to furthering the cause of Holocaust education and remembrance. The two entities share a Board of Directors.
“Tennesseans who are Holocaust survivors, refugees, and U.S. military liberators are growing older and fewer are able to share their stories in person. Time is our enemy. Our work at the Commission has an air of immediacy. The dilemma we hear from educators and students across the state is that they are most impacted by eyewitness accounts of survivors, refugees, and liberators. Updating raw film footage of eyewitness testimony to digital format will ensure the preservation of these historical resources to keep history alive for the next generation. It is critical that educators receive the training and resources necessary to provide the most accurate and appropriate information to students and the community regarding this crisis in history. While history cannot be unlived, it can serve as the foundation for changing the future.”– Felicia Anchor, Immediate Past Commission Chair, Tennessee Holocaust Commission
The Tennessee Holocaust Commission is one of the oldest and most recognized commissions in the United States. In 1996, new legislation recreated the Commission to recognize its primary role as education and to create a parallel not-for-profit body. For 32 years, the Tennessee Holocaust Commission has been promoting remembrance of the Holocaust to the state of Tennessee by providing teachers, students and individuals with seminars, resources, workshops, traveling exhibits and commemorations. Through conscientious oversight and guidance from Commissioners throughout the state, we continue to fulfill our mission of creating awareness of the Holocaust to fight prejudice and to encourage tolerance and understanding among all people.
Teacher-Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School- “I really enjoyed today’s session and where the event was held. The survivors and their “living history” lessons are invaluable! I feel so lucky to have heard both of these gentlemen tell their stories today. Thank you for holding this annual event. My students look forward to attending every year.”
AllisonCheeseman-Student-Brentwood Academy-“Recognition of evil is a necessary first step. The future is not shaped passively, and society is not bettered by the gradual passing of time. Improvement and betterment of society can only be brought about with actions. Someone must step up and take the initiative and shoulder the burden of leading people away from the evil.”
The Tennessee Holocaust Commission Holocaust Memories Film Archive Project is composed from 80 hours of film footage of 100 Tennesseans who are Holocaust survivors, refugees, and U.S. military liberators. Our project consists of updating and editing this footage from its unused archive status to digital platforms and formats, where the footage could be easily accessed and utilized as an educational resource that preserves, sustains, and teaches this important legacy through educational DVDs and online access as well as accompanying curricular resources.
The Tennessee Holocaust Commission offers a three day seminar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for secondary teachers. This intensive learning and interactive opportunity is designed for all subject areas grades 7-12. Funding for this opportunity comes from the Tennessee Holocaust Commission, grants, donations, and from each participant or their school system.
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