The Speakers Bureau consists of about 15 active speakers – Holocaust survivors, liberators and descendents of survivors – who share their stories with students and community members throughout Washington State and the Pacific Northwest.
Speakers bring stories of the Holocaust to life, and encourage audiences to connect lessons of the past with contemporary issues like hate crimes, bullying and genocide that are so prevalent in today’s world. Hearing speakers give testimony helps students find their own voice, and teaches them to be responsible citizens in our community, our nation, and our world.
In the 2013-2014 school year, speakers reached audiences of over 29,000!
How early do I need to submit a request?
At least 3 weeks in advance of the requested date.
How much time does a speaker need?
Speakers usually request 60-90 minutes to share their stories and answer questions.
Can a speaker present multiple times in one day?
No. We encourage you to combine classes or groups.
What is the cost of hosting a speaker?
The only fee associated with hosting a speaker is reimbursement for travel expenses. Teachers will receive an invoice via email when their speaker is confirmed. While the speakers volunteer their time to speak to groups, there is a cost to run this program. Many schools or groups offer an honorarium to the speaker in addition to travel reimbursement. Speakers frequently donate this money to the Holocaust Center.
What if a speaker is unable to come to my class/school?
Many of our speakers are elderly and unable to travel distances. We can set up appointments for your group to hear from a speaker via Skype.
Additional Resources - Unable to host a speaker? Looking for resources to support your speaker visit?
Image above and at right: Survivor and speaker George Elbaum maintains a blog about his experiences speaking in schools.