Our Mission

Our primary mission at HAI is education. Towards that end, a number of our faculty teach Holocaust-themed courses and cover Holocaust-related material in their classes. We are also actively working, with your help, to endow a chair of Holocaust studies who will serve as a new campus and community Holocaust educator and scholar.

HAI also extends our mission of learning beyond the DU classroom through public lectures and events, our Survivor Speakers Bureau, and community partnerships and initiatives across campus and the Front Range.

  • Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture

    Holocaust Educational Programming for the Community

    Honoring the memory of Fred Marcus, who served as a member of the Speakers Bureau of the Holocaust Awareness Institute for many years, the lecture provides Holocaust educational programming to our community around the anniversary of the Kristallnacht.

  • Survivors Speakers Bureau

    Holocaust Survivors Share Their Stories

    Through our Speakers Bureau, the Holocaust Awareness Institute can connect educators with Holocaust survivors who generously share their time to speak with students and community organizations about their experiences before, during and after the Holocaust.

    Survivor speakers’ presentations generally run between 10-60 minutes at the discretion of the speaker, and include opportunity for Q&A. They are best suited for audiences 12 years of age and older (7th grade and up). Presentations may take place in person or via Zoom.

    The events of the Holocaust unfolded over 80 years ago, and the number of survivors who experienced the Holocaust firsthand and are still sharing their stories is decreasing with every year. Please keep in mind that eyewitnesses to these events are elderly and speakers will be sharing private and often traumatic memories. Your sensitivity to this is critical to planning a successful program.

    In order to facilitate a meaningful experience for your group and your guest speaker, we encourage you to please visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's website for 'best practice' information on hosting a Holocaust Survivor.

    Speaker requests must be submitted via the form below at least four weeks in advance of your event. We cannot guarantee the availability of a speaker at your requested time.

    Request a Speaker

  • Survival & Witness

    Presenting Interactive Holocaust Narratives

    With support from the Rose Community Foundation, we are able to launch this new, online platform for learning with updated, digitized curriculum offering free access to teachers throughout the state to aid in Holocaust education. This website will be a free resource for educators and students and supports Colorado's newly legislated statewide education mandate for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Colorado Public Schools (HB20-1336).

    Visit Survival & Witness


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