The Tennessee Holocaust Commission

The mission of the Tennessee Holocaust Commission is to educate Tennesseeans about the history of the Holocaust, seeking to remind citizens that prejudice, hatred, and violence, as manifested in the Holocaust and other genocides, leads to the destruction of a humane society.


The Tennessee Holocaust Commission was created in 1984 by an act of the State Legislature. It is one of the oldest and most recognized Commissions in the United States. Its purpose is to educate and commemorate about the Holocaust. Its twelve members are appointed by the Governor. In 1996, new legislation recreated the Commission to recognize its primary role as education and to create a parallel not-for profit body. This agency’s Commissioners function as part of the Commission as a whole.

The Commission provides a variety of educational services and opportunities. It creates and implements resources, workshops, conferences, exhibits, learning and in-service seminars as well as publications for the educational and general community. It has facilitated primary educator learning opportunities for study in Washington, DC and Europe. Each year, the Commission supports annual Days of Remembrance across the state including an observance on the Capitol grounds.

In 2009, the THC celebrated its 25th Anniversary. During these years it has benefited from the contributions of many outstanding Commissioners and Legislators.