Speakers’ Bureau


One of the most powerful ways to learn about the Holocaust is through human connection. The mission of the SBHEC is to teach the history of the Holocaust in order to promote human dignity and justice, and to serve as a memorial to its victims.

By connecting students and other groups with someone personally affected by the holocaust, our goal is to give the Holocaust a human face. It has become clear that it is this human face which often makes the Holocaust a powerful reality and cements what you have been teaching into your students’ knowledge base. Rhode Island survivors of the Holocaust, as well as their families and others who were affected, share their personal experience in classrooms and other group settings.

We can help you arrange for a Holocaust survivor to speak to your students or group. Let them hear a first-hand account of those who lived through the Holocaust.

We also publish an archive survivor videos here.

Reach out to schedule a Speakers’ Bureau visit!


While there is no charge for this program, we ask for a donation, whenever possible, to fund our Speakers’ Bureau. The suggested donation is $3 per person; however, any amount, while not mandatory, is always much appreciated.

Please allow 3-4 weeks for your request to be processed. Because of the large number of requests we receive, we may not be able to send more than one speaker to any setting in the course of a year. Please coordinate with everyone within your school or organization to hear a speaker. If there is going to be a large group it, it is often necessary to have amplification.

Once a speaker is scheduled, we will send you a brief biography of that person so you may prepare your group accordingly.

Before a speaker…

Your students or group will have a better experience with a speaker if they are familiar with the following topics: allies, Anschluss, anti-Semitism, aryan, bystander, cattle car, concentration camp, crematorium, deportation, extermination camp, final solution, gas chambers, genocide, gestapo, ghetto, kinder transport, Kristallnacht, Nazi Party, Nuremburg Laws, propaganda, resistance, scapegoat, swastika, and the Wansee Conference.