Survivor and Academic Speakers

Holocaust Survivors are available to give their testimonies to groups Sunday through Friday (not appropriate for students below 7th grade). Because Survivors and Liberators are volunteers, we cannot guarantee their availability, but every effort will be made to accommodate your group’s needs. Academic Speakers are also available.

If you would like a speaker to speak at your location, a fee is required, in addition to travel expenses. Please contact Adilene Hernandez at 214-741-7500 or via the Request a Speaker contact form.

Transportation must be provided to and from the event by an approved transportation company.
Many thanks to Tony Corso who took many of the photographs of our survivors.


Speaker Profiles

Julie Meetal Berman

Julie is the daughter of two Holocaust survivors. Her mother, Magda Ehrlich Mittelman, survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps as well as a death march. Her father, Laszlo Mittelman, survived forced labor and later escaped and became a partisan (resistance fighter). Julie preserves her parents' legacies and shares their testimonies through a multi-media presentation.

Rosa Blum

Rosa was deported to Auschwitz from Romania. Because she was separated from the rest of her family upon arrival, she survived “selection” that sent the others directly to the gas chamber. Rosa was later shipped to Dachau and other camps until liberated by the U.S. 4th Army near Munich.

Magie Furst

Magie is from Germany, and she was on a Kindertransport that rescued Jewish children by bringing them to the United Kingdom.

Marsha Gaswirth

Marsha is the daughter of Leon Bakst. Born in Poland, Leon survived the Einsatzgruppen and escaped a forced labor camp to become a member of the Jewish resistance. Leon Bakst joined the Bielski Brigade--an all-Jewish partisan group. Marsha uses a multimedia presentation to share her father’s story of resistance and hope.

Max Glauben

Max is from Warsaw, Poland. His family’s apartment overlooked a square that saw early fighting in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. He lost all of his family except for his father with whom Max was sent to forced labor camps and salt mines. His father did not survive, and Max came to the U.S. in 1947 as an orphan.

Paul Kessler

Paul was born in Slovakia. He was 5 years old when the Nazi armies entered the country. He and his mother were saved and hidden by courageous farmers. Paul speaks to teach the lessons of the Holocaust to encourage especially young people to stand against hate and prejudice.

Mark Jacobs

Mark is the son of Holocaust survivor Mike Jacobs. Born in Poland, Mike survived the horrors of the Holocaust, including losing six members of his family in the gas chambers at Treblinka. Mike spent time in Auschwitz and was liberated from the Mauthausen-Gusen II labor camp by American forces in 1945. He moved to Dallas where he was the president of the Holocaust Survivors in Dallas and founded the Dallas Holocaust Museum. Mike vowed to never stop speaking about the lessons learned from the Holocaust. Today, his son Mark continues to share his father’s story via a multimedia presentation.

Jack Repp

Jack is from Poland, where he was part of the resistance, stealing from a munitions factory for the underground. He was in various ghettos and concentration camps including Kielce, Auschwitz, and Dachau, and a death march. He was liberated by American soldiers and came to the US in 1949.

Bert Romberg

Bert is from Germany, and he was on a Kindertransport that rescued Jewish children by bringing them to the United Kingdom.

Ron Schwarz

Ron Schwarz is the son of Holocaust Survivor Charles Schwarz. As a teenager, Charles lived in Nazi Germany before fleeing to France, witnessed the German occupation of France, and completed the treacherous mountain crossing of the French-Swiss border. As a second generation speaker, Ron uses a multimedia presentation to share his father’s daring journey and teach the lessons of the Holocaust.

John Zanders

Born in Frankfurt Germany in 1925, John experienced years of antisemitic harassment and abuse under Nazi rule. He was rounded-up with his father the day after Kristallnacht, November 10, 1938, to be sent to a concentration camp. John, his father, and brother were released at the very last moment. They were able to board a ship sailing to the United States that saved their lives.

Sara Abosch-Jacobson, PhD

Dr. Sara Abosch-Jacobson is the Chief Education, Programs and Exhibitions Officer for the Museum. An experienced educator, she has researched, taught and written on Jewish culture and history. She holds a PhD in modern European and Jewish history, an MA in modern British and Jewish history, and an MA in Political Science with concentration in Civil/Military Relations.

Charlotte Decoster, PhD

Charlotte Decoster, PhD is the Director of Education for the Dallas Holocaust Museum. An experienced educator, she has research, taught, and written on Holocaust history. She holds a PhD in History from the University of North Texas. She regularly speaks on the Holocaust, children and child rescue during the Holocaust, and in Nazi Germany. She has travelled throughout the U.S. to give talks on Anne Frank and child rescue during the Holocaust.