Topic: Choose an example of survival, resistance or rescue from the Holocaust that has an impact on you. Explain how it influences the way you behave in the world today. Be sure to give historical details of your examples in your essay.
Format: Essay (only acceptable form) – Not to exceed 1,200 words.
Eligibility: Open to all students: grades 7-9 (Division I); grades 10-12 (Division II)
Deadline: Entry must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2017. Entries will be accepted no later than 4pm that day.
Awards: The two winners in each division will be announced and presented on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the Day of Remembrance (Yom Hashoah) Commemoration at 3pm at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center (6255 N Santa Monica Blvd, Whitefish Bay.)
The Holocaust Essay Contest is a program of the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, and is sponsored by the Habush Family Foundation.
2016 Topic: How has learning about the Holocaust influenced the way you act, the way you look at the world, and/or the way that you treat others? In your answer use specific examples about events, groups, people, and/or survivors from the Holocaust.
Photo: 2016 Holocaust Essay Contest Award Winners in Washington DC
2015 Topic: Hate is rampant in the world today. Describe two lessons you have learned from studying the Holocaust that can help fight hate. Use specific examples about events, groups, people or survivors from the Holocaust that inspire each of these lessons.
Photo: 2015 Holocaust Essay Contest Award Winners in Washington DC