What is Survivors Speak?

Survivors Speak is a program originally developed by the Holocaust Council of MetroWest for The Morris Museum as part of their outreach to schools.

The program consists of two speakers who are eyewitnesses to the Holocaust (survivors, liberators, POWs) and a moderator. The speakers are chosen for the diversity of their experiences during the Holocaust as the intent is to make listeners aware that the Holocaust was not only Auschwitz but a vast array of experiences. The moderator introduces the speakers, provides historical context, keeps the speakers to their allotted times, and moderates the ‘Question and Answer’ session that follows the talks. Survivors Speak helps students meet STAJE standards.

Survivors Speak works well in even very large auditoriums. Most often, audiences are middle and high school students but this program is effective for all age groups. The program is an hour and a half in length but we suggest you allow extra time as many students want to meet, shake hands with the survivors and even get their autographs.

Our requirements are:
    - A table and 3 chairs
    - At least one microphone (three are preferable) 
    - Some water for the speakers 

We provide “Teachers Kits” for educators as well as copies of the booklet, “A Brief Introduction to the Holocaust” for students.

For more information or to book a program, call (973) 929-3194 or email at holocaustcouncil@jfedgmw.org.

Survivors Speak Frequently Asked Questions

Holocaust Council of MetroWest Speakers Bureau

What do you require?

If possible, we’d like a table, three chairs, a microphone (or mics) and some water.

To whom should the check be written?

The check is to the Holocaust Council of MetroWest.  If your school requires a voucher for payment or a tax I.D. number, please let us know and we will send it.

We request an honorarium of $350 per engagement; $500 for schools that are located outside MetroWest (Essex, Sussex, Morris and northern Union counties.)  This is a request, not an absolute requirement. Let us know if you have trouble meeting the request. 

What else do I need to know?

It helps if the students have had had a prior introduction to the Holocaust. 

After the presentation, we ask that students do some form of response to the survivors, e.g. letters, poems, artwork. It’s an excellent way for the students to process what they’ve heard. The responses can be mailed to us in one envelope and we’ll forward them to the survivors. You cannot imagine how the survivors treasure these. 

Our questions for you:

-How many students will be at each session?  
-How many teachers? (We need to know how many booklets and teachers kits to bring along.) 
-What is being done to prepare the students? 
-Have parents been invited?