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FAQs about hosting a member of the Speakers Bureau

Who are the speakers?

Our Speakers Bureau includes Holocaust survivors and Legacy Speakers. Legacy Speakers are children and grandchildren of survivors, children of liberators, and children of rescuers (Righteous Among the Nations). Learn more about our speakers at the “Meet the Speakers” web page.  Please note that we cannot guarantee specific speakers; requesting specific individuals in your application does not mean you will necessarily receive them for your group.

What does a Speakers Bureau presentation consist of?

Speakers share their memories, or those of their family members, of the Holocaust with students. These stories may include experiences of discrimination, segregation, separation from and loss of family, life in hiding, the ghettos, concentration camps, liberation, and immigration. Although many speakers are well informed about some aspects of the Holocaust outside of their own experiences or those of their family, few are expert historians. Their presentations are offered as personal, eyewitness accounts. Most are accompanied by visual aids in the form of PowerPoints with primary sources, photos, maps, and video clips.

Why should I book a speaker?

Outcomes for students are overwhelmingly positive and meaningful. From our extensive work with students, and hundreds of post-speaking engagement survey results from students and teachers, we know that hearing personal stories from survivors or Legacy Speakers is the most powerful way to learn about the Holocaust.

How long is a presentation?

Speaker presentations via Zoom are typically between 35 and 60 minutes. We recommend at least 10-15 additional minutes for Q&A with the speaker, which is facilitated by a Holocaust Center staff member. If you have a limited amount of Zoom time with students, please contact us directly about options.

When can a speaker be booked?

Speakers can usually be booked to start their presentation anytime from 9 AM to 5 PM on weekdays, except major federal and major religious (primarily Jewish) holidays. Weekdays and evenings may be possible, speaker and staff schedules depending. Contact the Holocaust Center if you have specific questions.

Who are the presentations suitable for?

Groups of 20 or more, students of grades 5 and above, as well as adult groups.

What is the fee?

Virtual speaker presentations on Zoom are at no charge to schools. There is a $50 suggested donation for businesses and adult or community groups. An honorarium from any virtual hosting group or school is always welcome. Typical honoraria are anywhere between $25 and $200. 

How do I book a speaker?

Please apply to host a speaker by submitting the Virtual Request Form. If you have questions or concerns about booking details, please contact Julia Thompson, Education Resource Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How do I best prepare students?

The Holocaust Center has many resources for this! Browse our Best Practices, schedule a virtual field trip, attend weekly public Lunch-and-Learns, and so much more. You will also receive a document on preparing and debriefing students once a speaking engagement is on the calendar for your group.

Can speakers do interviews with students, or one-on-one projects?

On a case-by-case basis, the Center can help arrange for a speaker to meet via Zoom with one student or a small group; or exchange information via email or phone. Please contact us for more information.

How can students, teachers, or others get more involved with the Holocaust Center?

There are many ways to get involved. Use our other resources, consider joining the Student Leadership Board, Teacher Advisory Board, or Board of Directors. Train to become a docent with the Center, or volunteer at events. Spread the word and encourage your peers and colleagues to host a speaker!

Can I become a member of your Speakers Bureau?

The Center is always working with potential speakers to develop and research their stories and presentations. Due to the intensive process, there may be a waitlist to work with Center staff to join the Bureau. Learn more with this informational handout, or contact Laurie Warshal Cohen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional Questions?

Email Julia Thompson, Education Resource Coordinator - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The development of Legacy Speakers is made possible with the generous support of Debbie Killinger; the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc; and the Norcliffe Foundation. Funding for Women's Voices in History was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.