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Speakers Bureau

Survivor Speakers

Arizona’s Holocaust survivors have long volunteered to share their personal stories with members of the community.  These important and inspiring stories are shared with schools, youth and community organizations, faith congregations, and business, civic and governmental groups. PHA speakers offer a wide variety of Holocaust-related experiences, from survivors being hidden, imprisoned in ghettos and concentration camps, engaging in multi-country odysseys to avoid capture, to how their descendants were raised and impacted in the shadows of that traumatic history.

Descendant Speakers

With the aging and death of survivors, it is more critical than ever to provide testimony of this part of history. The children and grandchildren of survivors are stepping up to share remarkable stories of their families’ resilience and forgiveness, and to remind us that the effects of genocide can last for many generations.

Those who grew up with Holocaust survivor parents or grandparents have a unique story to share. Some speak about their parents’ Holocaust experiences; a few have memorialized the stories in publications. Our trained descendant speakers share their experiences about what it was like growing up as a child of survivors and the impact it has had on their lives.

Rosenbluth Charitable Family Foundation Genocide Awareness Week @ ASU

Rosenbluth Charitable Family Foundation Genocide Awareness Week (GAW) is a week-long event seeking to address how we, as a global society, confront violent actions and current and ongoing threats of genocide and related mass atrocity crimes, throughout the world, while also looking to the past for guidance and to honor those affected by genocide. 

Speaker Request Form

Phoenix Holocaust Association invites teachers to visit Arizona Department of Education where state standards related to the teaching of the Holocaust and other genocides can be accessed as well as a Toolkit for teachers and students developed by the Task Force on The Holocaust and Other Genocides.

PHA highly encourages teachers to consider bringing multiple classes together when requesting a speaker in order to limit the number of presentations from one speaker on a single day.

Educators Conference

Each year, PHA and Arizona Jewish Historical Society work with the Bureau of Jewish Education to present an annual conference on the Holocaust for teachers. This, combined with the Speakers Bureau, brings another important educational opportunity to the community. The three organizations have a long history of working together in both local and national Holocaust education.

The primary goal with the annual educator conference is to provide an opportunity for teachers to hear from not only survivors and descendants, but experienced teachers who teach this subject. Educators have access to this and other valuable information and resources so they can incorporate study of the Holocaust in their classroom lessons.

The 2022 Educator Conference

February 28, 4:30 pm – 9 pm at ASU

Keynote speaker will be author and award-winning podcast host, Rachael Cerrotti.  Rachael is the author of a book and podcast of the same name, We Share the Same Sky.  She also cohosts the Memory Generation podcast with oral historian Stephen D. Smith, a project of the USC Shoah Foundation.

Resources

The Arizona Department of Education

The Arizona Department of Education provides resources, training, and support for educators who instruct students in the history of the Holocaust and other genocides. Arizona House Bill 2241, known as the Holocaust Education Bill, requires that all Arizona public schools teach about the Holocaust and other genocides at least twice between 7th and 12th grades.

Resilience: Reflections of Arizona Holocaust Survivors

Phoenix Holocaust Association In Partnership with Arizona Jewish Historical Society Present a Video for High SchoolStudentsIn 2020 a taskforce was formed, bringing together educators, professors, survivors, and other community members to create a toolkit for educators to support them in responsible, high quality Holocaust education. 

Educator Recognition

The Phoenix Holocaust Association presents the Annual Shofar Zachor Award to an individual or group who has made outstanding contributions to the teaching of the Holocaust and genocide awareness.

Over the years, recipients of the Shofar Zachor Award have made a positive impact by keeping memory of the Holocaust alive and teaching its important lessons.

Some award recipients have gone on to make Holocaust education their life’s work, not only here in Arizona but at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, throughout the country, and in other parts of the world.

Past Recipients
2021

The Shofar Zachor Award was presented to 54 survivors who reside in Arizona.  (list in alphabetical order)

2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no award was given in 2020

2019

The Arizona Republic, accepted by Phil Boas, Editorial Page Director

2018

Anthony Fusco, Educator

2017

Amy Drake, M.Ed., Educator

2016

Anna Cichopek-Gajraj, PhD

2015

John Liffiton, Scottsdale Community College Genocide Awareness Week

2014

Steve Tepper, East Valley JCC’s Holocaust & Tolerance Museum’s Railcar Restoration Project

Robert Sutz, Artist

2013

Ruth Callahan, PhD., Educator

2012

Steven Johnson, Educator

2011

Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney

2010

Bjorn Krondorfer, PhD., Northern Arizona University’s Martin-Springer Institute

2009

Valerie Foster, Educator

2008

Barbara Hatch, Educator

2007

Ed Hermanski, Educator

Carolyn Nathan, z”l, Sponsor of BJE’s conference for educators

2005

Kim Klett, Educator

2004

Peggy Peters, Educator

Judy Peterson, Educator

Nancy Stevenson,  Librarian

2002

Beth Joice, Educator

2001

Pete Fredlake, Educator

2000

Katie McFadzen, Childsplay Theater

1999

David Kader, Second Generation/Educator

Magda Willinger, Survivor

1998

Elaine Hirsch, BJE Community Library Coordinator

1997

Helen Handler, z”l, Survivor

1996

Harry and Ella Adler, z”l, Survivor

1995

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, Luke AFB (American Military Liberators)

1994

Paul Wieser, Educator and 2006 Anti-Defamation League’s Bearing Witness Program

1993

Anna Koenig, z”l, Survivor

1992

Carl Ofisher, z”l, Survivor

1991

Kae Knight, Educator

1990

Jeffery Platt, z”l, Educator

1989

Cameron Harper, Journalist

(z”l – deceased)