To remember the lives that were lost during one of humanity’s worst periods, our community remembers the Holocaust with an annual memorial service. Through our remembering and active cooperation, we strive to obliterate injustice. Because our future is only as strong as our youth, we are continuing our annual writing competition to encourage students to voice their understandings of the tragedy of the past and their hopes for the future
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The following is part of an essay written by Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1946, when she was just thirteen years old!
…we must try hard to understand that for righteous people hate and prejudice are neither good occupations nor fit companions. Rabbi Alfred Bettleheim once said, “Prejudice saves us a painful trouble, the trouble of thinking.” In our beloved land, families were not scattered, communities not erased, nor our nation destroyed by the ravages of the World War.
Yet, dare we be at ease? We are part of a world whose unity has been almost completely shattered. No one can feel free from danger and destruction until the many torn threads of civilization are bound together again. We cannot feel safer until every nation, regardless of weapons or power, will meet together in good faith, the people worthy of mutual association.
There can be a happy world and there will be once again, when [people] create a strong bond towards one another, a bond unbreakable by a studied prejudice or a passing circumstance.
Write a formal, well-researched essay based on a Holocaust rescuer from the names shown here. These people chose not to live a life of prejudice. In your essay, you will examine the research you have learned about a rescuer and convey that information to your audience. Be sure to include details about his or her personal life, the person(s) he or she rescued, and details about the rescue(s), as well as information on WHY that person chose to become a rescuer. In your last paragraph, please tell us how this person’s actions inspire you.
Contest judges review submissions with no knowledge of the student’s identity, school, or residence. In order to provide them with anonymous papers for judging, the body of the paper should not contain any information identifying the writer. The entry must be the original work of the student. Judges request that teachers review students’ work and submit only entries worthy of being considered for judging. By submitting an entry, you are agreeing to all the judging criteria. The decision of the judges is final.
Prizes are awarded at the discretion of the Holocaust Remembrance Committee. Some awards may not be given, depending on the number of entries received and evaluation of merit by the panel of judges.
Entries must be submitted no later than March 1st, 2023.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept submissions that do not adhere to all of these guidelines, that are submitted late, or come from students outside the Northwest Louisiana area (Caddo, Bossier, Webster, DeSoto, Ouachita Parishes). Submissions will be retained by the Northwest Louisiana Jewish Federation, who will have the right to reprint winning entries in publications including local media/newspapers or posted online.
Prizes are awarded at the discretion of the Holocaust Remembrance Committee. Some rewards may not be given, depending on the number of entries received and evaluation of merit by a panel of judges.
*Literary winners will be expected to attend the Holocaust Memorial Service.
Schools whose students submit eligible entries will receive $200.
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