The Second Generation Speakers Bureau features the children of Holocaust survivors. Speakers tell their parents’ stories and also share their own perspectives on being raised by a Holocaust survivor. Their presentations are appropriate for 7th through 12th grade students and adults.
Please be aware that Second Generation Speakers are not historians; their perspectives are intended to personalize the history of the Holocaust. For student presentations, our expectation is that teachers will thoroughly prepare students with historical background knowledge before the presentation and provide follow-up instruction afterward. MCHE is happy to assist with instructional materials when requested.
We appreciate your understanding that our speakers volunteer their time and are not teachers or professional presenters. Telling their parents’ stories may be emotionally taxing. Therefore, we ask that you gather students or small groups together for one presentation. Our speakers will not speak multiple times for different classes or groups at the same location. (Although they would be thrilled to return in subsequent years!)
You have options! Chose a One Hour Presentation with a speaker who travels to you–physically or virtually. Or, chose to attend a Panel Presentation in the Social Hall of the Jewish Community Center (5801 West 115th Street) in Overland Park, KS 66221.
One Hour Presentations may be arranged for community or school groups – subject to speaker availability.
Speakers will give in-person presentations to groups within the 11-county Kansas City metro area.* We have a few speakers who are willing to drive to give presentations outside the metro area. Many of our speakers are comfortable connecting with groups via Zoom.
While there is no cost for these presentations, donations to MCHE in honor of the speaker are greatly appreciated.
Panel Presentations for school groups are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Social Hall of the Jewish Community Center during November and April each school year.
Panel dates for the 2023-2024 school year are November 9, 2023 and April 11, 2024.
Priority is given to schools outside the Kansas City metro area* for whom it is difficult to schedule a speaker.
The panel will be introduced and moderated by MCHE staff and will feature several Second Generation Speakers. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions.
A small fee is requested to secure your registration.
Up to 25 students — $1 per student
26-99 students — $50.00
100-199 students — $75.00
200+ students — $100.00
One adult chaperone per 15 students is required. Adults should not be calculated in the fee.
Confirmation of your registration and payment information will be emailed to you after it has been determined that adequate space is available.
Prompt payment is appreciated. Your reservation will be confirmed upon receipt of payment.
Please complete separate registration forms for each date you wish to attend.
*The 11-county KC metro area includes Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Cass, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Lafayette, Platte, and Ray counties in Missouri.
Our mission is to teach the history of the Holocaust, applying its lessons to counter indifference, intolerance, and genocide.
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