Speaker’s Bureau and Class Field Trips


**Please note: All speaking engagements will be held virtually until further notice to protect the health of our survivors and their families.

Looking for a Holocaust Survivor or descendant of a survivor to speak at your school or organization?

Voices of Hope’s mission is to promote a culture of courage to stand up against hatred through Holocaust and genocide education and remembrance. The Holocaust Survivor Speaker’s Bureau is a program offered at no charge and available to schools, businesses and other organizations. Speakers, curriculum materials, books, films, posters and field trip options are available through Voices of Hope in hopes to engage the community with commemorative opportunities to connect and educate all generations to never forget.

If your school, community organization or religious organization wants to learn about the Holocaust from a local resident, Voices of Hope has many different types of speakers to fit the needs of your educational program. In addition to survivors, there are also descendants of Holocaust Survivors who offer personal accounts of the continuing impact of the Holocaust as well local authors who have written about their experience and are available for book talks and signings.

The four types of speakers available for your program:

  • Survivors: experiences which include concentration camps, escape to other countries, those who hid in the woods or passed as Aryans
  • Child Survivors: children hidden during the War or sent on Kindertransport (organized child rescue effort)
  • Descendants of Survivors: discuss the continuing impact of the Holocaust and recount the stories of survivors that are no longer with us
  • Liberators: Allied troops and other individuals who assisted with the liberation of various concentration camps


**Please note: Field trips to the Museum of Jewish Civilization are not available for the time being to protect the health of our staff, docents, speakers, educators and students. Presentations normally held during our tour program are available to you virtually. 

If you are looking for a unique opportunity for your students outside the classroom, please consider booking a FREE docent-led tour of the Museum of Jewish Civilization on the University of Hartford campus. Here your students will learn more about the Holocaust through the museum exhibits, discussions about prejudice and identity, and through the stories of local survivors. Our program promises to support your units on the Holocaust and World War II and will be an experience your students will never forget.

To learn more about field trip opportunities, please see the links below:

University of Hartford’s Museum of Jewish Civilization

Museum Tours

Curriculum for Museum Trip (for teachers)


To schedule a speaker event or museum tour for your school, community or organization, contact us here:

The HERO Center

Dr. Leon Chameides speaks to local students during a recent field trip.

Dr. Leon Chameides talks about his family and childhood before the outbreak of WWII.

Esia Friedman speaks to students about her life in Vilna, Lithuania and how she survived the Holocaust.

Middle school students listen to local survivor Tutti Fishman discuss her life and her family’s experiences during their time in an Amsterdam ghetto, Westerbork, and Theresienstadt.