Survivor Outreach Speakers are survivors of the Holocaust who address close to 15,000 students annually, mostly at schools in the Lower Mainland, at the VHEC, and as part of various educational programs, including Symposia on the Holocaust. Some speakers travel to other communities in British Columbia, Canada and internationally. A small number of speakers are able to address groups in French.
Outreach Speakers share their memories of the Holocaust, including experiences of discrimination, segregation, separation from and loss of family, as well as life in hiding, the ghettos, concentration camps, liberation and immigration to Canada. Although many survivors are well informed about some aspects of the Holocaust outside of their own experiences, few are expert historians. Their presentations are offered as personal, eyewitness accounts. They promote anti-racism and challenge youth to become committed and responsible global citizens, alert to discrimination, racism and genocide in today’s world.
To request a speaker please contact 604 264 0499, firstname.lastname@example.org or submit a Outreach Speaker Request Form.
Although a very limited number of Outreach Speakers are available for in-house or off-site requests, the VHEC will make every effort to accommodate your request.
The VHEC will select a speaker appropriate to the age level of your audience and the context of the visit. Presentations are generally 40 minutes long, followed by a 20-minute question period. We recommend that teachers assemble as many classes as possible in order to maximize the audience for the speaker.
The fee for a presentation by an Outreach Speaker is $100/class of approximately 30 students. For large groups and out-of-town engagements requiring additional travel and speaking time, additional expenses apply. For destinations beyond the Metro Vancouver area, the host assumes the cost of mileage. For out-of-town engagements, all expenses including travel, accommodations and meals are the responsibility of the host.
All fees for Outreach Speakers support the VHEC's educational programming. If there is a hardship, subsidies or partial subsidies are available. No group will be turned away on the basis of financial need.
Download an orientation package
Including guidelines for preparing your class for a session with a survivor speaker.
Télécharger les textes d'orientation
Cards and letters can be addressed to speakers, c/o:
Vous y trouverez des conseils pour préparer votre classe à la rencontre avec un survivant ou une survivante, la chronologie de la Shoah (l'Holocauste) ainsi qu'un glossaire de termes s'y rapportant.
Resources may be borrowed from the VHEC or
can be found in the "For Teachers" section of the VHEC website,
including the teaching website Open Hearts - Closed Doors: The
War Orphans Project, which can also be found here:
View Online Exhibit in English
View Online Exhibit in French
Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
50 - 950 West 41st Ave,
Vancouver BC, V5Z 2N7 / email@example.com
Survivors appreciate hearing from students, parents, teachers and others but are generally not able to respond personally to the many letters they receive.
Students wishing to interview a survivor as part of a school project are asked to join a scheduled presentation at the VHEC, view a video testimony, or ask their teacher to arrange for an outreach speaker. Increasing requests for Outreach Speakers make individual requests difficult to accommodate.