The Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education of North Carolina 
Holocaust Speakers Bureau 

Our Organizers

Our Organizers


Sharon Halperin is the daughter of two Holocaust survivors from Poland and Latvia. Her mother survived the war by living in the forests of Poland. Her father escaped from the Riga (Latvia) Ghetto when his unit was tasked with digging ditches in a nearby forest. Both of her parents fled eastward as the war progressed and met in Russia, where they married. At the end of the war, they lived in several Displaced Persons Camps in Germany. In 1946, they immigrated to the United States. Sharon has worked on annual Holocaust commemorative services and events for over 30 years and has taught mini-courses that focus on lessons of the Holocaust, the use and abuse of power, resistance and rescue, and the role of personal responsibility. Sharon participated in The Belfer Conference, an intensive workshop for middle and high school educators which takes place annually at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, DC. She has certificates of teacher training from the USHMM, Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior, The Holocaust Educator's Network, and Appalachian State University's Summer Symposium for Teacher Training on the Holocaust. She can be reached at sharonhalperin88@gmail.com.


Deborah Long’s mother was in the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen and Salzwadel. Her father survived the Bor death march, Flossenberg, Buchenwald, and Dora Nordhausen. Deborah has been researching her family history and searching for surviving family members for more than 50 years. Her research at the beginning of 2009 led to the shocking discovery of family artifacts which compelled her to visit her ancestral villages as well as to Germany to understand her parents’ Holocaust history. Deborah is a professional educator. She can be reached at debbietheteacher@gmail.com.


Peter Stein was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia two years before the Nazi occupation of Prague to a Jewish father and a Catholic mother. His father was forced into slave labor and later deported to Terezin (Theresienstadt), a work and death camp which he survived. His father’s family of nine were all killed in concentration camps. During the war, Peter attended a school where photos of Adolph Hitler and the German flag were displayed in every classroom. He dealt with anti-Semitism and lived through air raid drills and bombings by Allied aircraft. Peter attended public schools in New York, learned English; graduated from the City College of New York and earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University. For a number of years he was Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center at Wm. Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. He taught courses on the Holocaust and developed workshops for teachers and community members. For the past three years, Peter has been an Associate Director for Aging Workforce Initiatives at the UNC Institute on Aging in Chapel Hill. He can be reached at steinpeterj@gmail.com.