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Speakers Bureau:


We at the HRC are fortunate to be able to draw upon a small group of local Holocaust Survivors in our community who are willing and able to share their personal experiences with students and teachers in our area. We have both men and women Survivors from all parts of Europe, including Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Holland, and each one has a special story to tell of how they survived the Holocaust. The Survivors generally only speak to groups that have already had some foundation laid for the history of the Holocaust in Europe, 1933-1945, so that the audience will have a context for their experiences. The Survivors only accept engagements at schools and institutions within one half-hour's drive of the metropolitan Buffalo area. Anyone wishing to hear a Survivor's testimony who is not within that distance, can arrange to show videotaped testimony from our library of tapes.

If you wish to schedule either a Survivor visit or a video showing, you are encouraged to contact the HRC as soon as possible as demand for both during the school year is always high.


A donation to our center in honor of the speaker is suggested.


Our address, phone and fax numbers are found at the top of this page - additionally, you can e-mail us at

You can also draw from our archive of Online Survivor Testimony by clicking here.


Book Boxes:

In 1994 Assemblyman Sam Hoyt provided the HRC with a memberline grant that funded a very special project... 11 portable libraries (book boxes) of Holocaust-related books were purchased and assembled by the Resource Center. The boxes are available for loan to all area schools for a month. These age-appropriate materials are for students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 respectively. Each box contains over 35 titles of both fiction and non-fiction dealing with Holocaust issues and themes. Teachers are also able to borrow related Holocaust videos, posters and curricula. Every year our book boxes reach thousands of students in our area.

The Holocaust Resource Center also has available for loan 206 copies of the book Daniel’s Story (appropriate for grades 5-8), 50 copies of the following books: Night (appropriate for grades 10-12), The Cage, by Ruth Sender, The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank's Life, by Willy Lindwer, The Other Vitims by Ina Friedman and All But My Life, by Gerda Klein, which may be borrowed as classroom sets.

See our Library Videos Section for more details



Memorial Services:

A community-wide Memorial Service to the victims of the Holocaust is co-ordinated and co-sponsored each year by the HRC. On the Sunday between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the community gathers at the Holocaust Memorial at Brith Sholem cemetery to remember those who perished in the Holocaust.


Teacher / Student Trips to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Every year, the Holocaust Resource Center takes 30-40 English and Global Studies teachers to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C..

As part of our Distance Learning course for students in Erie 1 and Erie 2 school districts, trips to Washington to tour the USHMM were sponsored by the HRC at the completion of every semester. Participants are responsible for a non-refundable registration fee and the balance of the cost of the trip is borne by the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo.


Teacher Conferences.

The HRC presents workshops for middle and high school teachers. These workshops can be day - long or in a series of weekly workshops (15 hour) through Teacher Centers in Western New York school districts. Experts in Holocaust education and Survivor testimony highlight these programs. For further information, please call Sandy Saada, Executive Director, at 716-634-9535.


Watch the Events space to see when our next Teacher Conference is being planned.


Annual Arts and Writing Contest.

The HRC along with the Freeland and Joffe Foundations sponsors an annual Arts and Writing Contest, which asks area Middle School and High School students to contemplate a Holocaust-related topic and respond to it in either the visual media or the written word. The resulting works are judged by category and grade level, and at the end of the school year the best are selected for special certificate and cash awards. The Mary Deane Freeland $250 cash award is given to the school library of the student whose entry in the Arts and Writing contest is judged "Best in Show." Winners will be selected in April.



Congratulations to Andrew Beiter of Springville Middle School for receiving the 2008 Irena Sendler Award