HOLOCAUST ESSAY CONTEST GUIDELINES: 2022 (Grades 9-12)
Safeguarding the Sacred: Perspectives on Holocaust Memory
- Essay contest open to all high school students in TN and surrounding states.
- One entry per student.
- All entries must be typed and double-spaced in 12-point font.
- Entries may not exceed 600 words.
- Entries must include name, address, phone number, e-mail address, name of school and grade.
- Essays must be electronically submitted to HolocaustEssayMJF@gmail.com by the close of business, Monday, March 21, 2022.
- The essay should explore the following topic: Safeguarding the Sacred: Perspectives on Holocaust Memory.
- When thinking about this topic, you may wish to consider how Holocaust memory is transmitted through the generations and /or the threats posed to memory by Holocaust denial and trivialization. Contest entrants may explore one or more avenues of memory preservation: personal testimony, diaries, hidden archives, judicial prosecutions, historical accounts, visual arts, etc. and consider the opportunities and challenges posed by these methods to the future of Holocaust memory.
- Suggested Resources:
Facing History and Ourselves
Yad Vashem. The World Holocaust Remembrance Center | www.yadvashem.org |
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (ushmm.org)
USC Shoah Foundation |
ADL: Fighting Antisemitism and Hate
Home | AJC
Simon Wiesenthal Center
- Ideas not your own and/or quotes must be referenced.
- Judging will be based on the following criteria: originality, creativity, passion, message conveyed, connection to theme, accurate historical detail, and proper use of language.
- First Place cash prize of $250; Second Place cash prize of $125. Gift cards for Honorable Mention. Contest awards provided by the Kaethe Mela Family Memorial Fund of the Jewish Foundation of Memphis. Kaethe, her husband Paul and their 17-year-old daughter Doris, were murdered in Auschwitz.
- First Place essay will be published in the program booklet for Memphis Jewish Federation’s annual community-wide Yom HaShoah/Holocaust observance on Thursday evening, April 28, 2022. All winners will be publically recognized at the commemoration.
- Winning essays will be published in print and digital publications.
- Please direct questions to Carrie Richardson at email@example.com.