Deadline, February 1, 2013!
“CHILDREN AND THE HOLOCAUST” ESSAY CONTEST
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Sponsored by The Quad Cities Yom HaShoah Committee
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A poet once remarked that the death of a child is the loss of infinite possibilities. What, then, can be said about the more than one-and-a-half million Jewish children who were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust years (1933-1945)? Of course, many more boys and girls suffered unimaginable hardships and bore witness to the brutality of the Nazis. Some survived. Many did not. Regardless of how experiences varied from country to country, children’s lives were changed forever. The purpose of this essay contest is to record the stories that must be told to yesterday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s children.
Part A: Research the history of a specific child or youth who was caught in or witnessed the events of the Holocaust in Europe. This person could have lived in a ghetto, been hidden, carried out clandestine activities, been a part of a kindertransport, known the horrors of concentration camps and/or experienced the Holocaust in a myriad of other ways. He or she could have be a Jew or a non-Jew, or have been a part of a family or a group of children suffering the same fate. Describe the conditions under which this individual lived and the circumstances that impacted his/her life during the Holocaust years. If he or she survived, briefly explain what happened after 1945.
Part B: Tell how learning about the Holocaust through the personal story of this one individual makes the Holocaust more meaningful to you.
Postmark entry deadline – February 1, 2013
OPEN TO STUDENTS IN GRADES 8-12 IN THE GREATER QUAD CITIES AREA, ILLINOIS AND IOWA
A $500 Scholarship will be awarded to the winner of this essay contest, and the winning essay will be read at the Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance service, scheduled each year in April or May.