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Holocaust Awareness Institute

Survivors Speakers Bureau

Our Speakers Bureau is composed primarily of Holocaust survivors who generously share their time on a volunteer basis to speak with students and community organizations about their experiences before, during, and after the Holocaust.

please note that, in response to covid-19, we are currently unable to accommodate requests for speaker engagements.


If you would like to arrange for a speaker for an event, please complete the Speakers Bureau Request Form at the bottom of the page.  (We do our best to find a speaker for all events; however, submission of this form does not guarantee that a speaker will be found for your event.) 

Most speakers are best suited for audiences 12 years of age and older (7th grade and up). Please let us know if you no longer need a speaker once your request has been submitted.

Please remember that the speaker is sharing private and often traumatic memories; they are able to share their history only once in a day. Your sensitivity to this is critical to planning a successful program.

Please note that we require completed request forms to be turned in to us at least one month prior to your event. However, there is a high demand for speakers in April and the timeline for those requests differs slightly.

April Requests

We accept April speaker requests year-round, and we work to accommodate requests in the order in which we receive completed request forms.

  • February
    • We will reach out to speakers in the order of completed request forms received. This is generally the last month in which to submit a speaker request for the upcoming April.
  • March
    • We will contact you with an update regarding your request.  Requests for April speaker submitted in March have a low chance of being accommodated.
  • April
    • Requests received in April have an extremely low chance of being accommodated.

Please visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's website for 'best practice' information on hosting a Holocaust Survivor. This guideline offers helpful information in providing the most meaningful experience for your group and your guest speaker.

Visit our Current Initiatives page to learn about other important Initiatives at CJS.