Virtual presentations with Survivor Speakers are available via Zoom starting October 4, 2021.

It is our generation that will ensure the Holocaust does not happen again. We are the witnesses to witnesses and that is what makes this opportunity special, so personal. The Holocaust survivors and their stories are irreplaceable. —Student

Holocaust Survivor Speakers are survivors of the Holocaust who share their experiences of persecution, discrimination and loss with students and the general public as part of the VHEC’s educational programing.

About the program: Holocaust Survivor Speakers offer personal, eyewitness accounts in presentations to school classes from their homes via Zoom. Presentations are generally 40 minutes long, followed by a 20-minute question period. Speakers share their memories of the Holocaust with students, including experiences of discrimination, segregation, separation from and loss of family, as well as life in hiding, the ghettos, liberation and immigration to Canada. A small number of speakers are available to share their stories in French.

Priority is given to grades 10, 11 and 12.

Please inform your students ahead of time that they will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Survivor Speakers are recommended for a virtual gathering of a maximum of 95 students.

  • Outcomes for Students: Holocaust Survivor Speakers challenge youth to become committed and responsible global citizens, alert to discrimination, racism and genocide in today’s world. Hearing first-hand the experiences of eyewitnesses of the Shoah is a powerful lesson.
    Read responses from students here.
  • Outcomes for Teachers: Engaging with a Holocaust Survivor Speaker prompts your students to think in depth about social justice and human rights. Your students gain a better understanding of what it means to take on individual and social responsibilities as many of the survivors call upon taking action towards a more just world.
  • Technological requirements: For in-class sessions, teachers must have a strong Wi-Fi connection and basic (free) Zoom accounts.
    For remote teaching sessions, with students at home, both teachers and students need strong Wi-Fi connections and basic (free) Zoom accounts.
    If a teacher has a basic Zoom account, which comes with restrictions, the VHEC will host the session.
    If a teacher has a licenced Pro Zoom account, the VHEC may request that the teacher host the session.
  • Booking information:
    Complete and submit the booking request form below, or contact us.
    We will select a speaker appropriate to the age level of your audience.
    A staff member will reach out to you with information about the Zoom speaking engagement.
    Please book at least two weeks in advance, and provide at least three days notice if you have to cancel.

Resources:

Download an orientation package

Including guidelines for preparing your class for a session with a Holocaust Survivor Speaker.

Télécharger les textes d’orientation

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.

See also the Teaching Resources section of our website, and explore the library catalogue.

With generous sponsorship from the Diamond Foundation, the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre is pleased to offer this program  FREE OF CHARGE.

Survivor Speakers appreciate hearing from students, parents, teachers and others, although it’s often difficult for survivors to respond personally to the letters they receive. Learn more about our Holocaust Survivor Speakers here.

Cards and letters can be addressed to:

Holocaust Survivor Speakers
Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
50 – 950 West 41st Ave, Vancouver BC, V5Z 2N7

or through our contact us page.

BOOKING REQUEST FORM

  1. Complete this form to request a Holocaust Survivor Speaker.
  2. Clearly indicate any special requirements for your group
  3. Once you have submitted your form, one of our staff members will contact you to confirm your registration.

Thank you for your interest in this school program.

4 + 3 = ?