Holocaust Survivor testimony is the most effective and valuable tool to relate personal accounts of Holocaust history. The AHEC enlists the speaking talents of Holocaust Survivors, Children of Survivors, and Guardians of Remembrance (volunteers trained to tell the stories of survivors) to share their stories, each of which is compelling and unique.
The AHEC will make every effort to fulfill all speaker requests. However, there may be circumstances in which we cannot provide a speaker. Before submitting a request, please review the FAQs below to ensure that you are able to meet the criteria.
Is there a fee for speaking engagements?
- While there is no charge for speaking engagements, any donations to the AHEC will be graciously accepted.
How long do presentations last?
- Presentation times typically range from 45-50 minutes. We recommend setting aside a minimum of 60 minutes to account for audience questions.
Are Holocaust survivor stories appropriate for younger students?
- The recommended age for students is 6th grade and above. For younger students, we recommend programs on respect, citizenship, justice, and civic responsibility as precursors for future Holocaust education.
Are virtual presentations available?
- Yes, we offer virtual presentations via Zoom upon request.
Can the speaker present to multiple groups in one day?
- Speakers can only present once a day, so we encourage classes/groups be combined into one audience.
What should I do to prepare for the presentation?
- Ensure you can meet technological needs. Most of our speakers use multimedia slideshows and will require a projector, screen, microphone, and internet connection. Once we connect you with a speaker, they will let you know their specific technological requirements.
- Consider the security of your venue. We want our speakers to feel safe at speaking engagements. Please keep in mind the context of your event/size of your audience and whether you will need to increase security measures.
- Provide students with appropriate context. Hearing a Holocaust speaker should be a supplement to the classroom Holocaust curriculum. Students need to have completed some form of Holocaust instruction, particularly around your speaker’s background, prior to the date of presentation. For supplemental material suggestions, check out our Classroom Resources or contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requesting a Speaker
Please submit your speaker request at least 3 weeks before your preferred presentation date.
After reading the FAQs above, click here to fill out our Speaker Request Form. We will be in touch within the next few business days to help connect you with a speaker appropriate for your group’s needs.