The Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Community Foundation’s Holocaust Essay Contest is made possible by The Penny Daum Aldrich Endowment Fund for Holocaust Remembrance.
The Holocaust Remembrance Essay Contest is held annually for local high school students. The Jewish Community Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill are committed to promoting Holocaust awareness among young people in North Carolina, Jewish and non-Jewish alike. In sponsoring the Holocaust Essay Contest, it is our intention to inspire high school students to learn about the Holocaust and to think about the implications of it in their lives and their world.
High School students are invited to explore questions raised by the Holocaust.
To learn more about the contest please contact Lauren Beja, Director of Development and Foundation.
The topic to write on is: Understanding the Holocaust: Why is it Relevant Today?
Deadline to submit final essay is February 1, 2018
Student essays will be judged on content rather than style and should demonstrate:
- Historical knowledge and thoughtful learning about the Holocaust
- Ability to identify lessons learned from the Holocaust
- An understanding of the relevance of the Holocaust in today’s world
- Research an individual from the Holocaust with whom he or she feels a connection
- Examine the Holocaust in a particular location
- Explore a specific event in the Holocaust
- Compare an event in the Holocaust to current events
- Write about any aspect of the Holocaust that interests them
Formatting Requirements: Maximum of 1,200 words; Times New Roman font, size 14, double spaced
Prizes: 1st Prize ~ $250, 2nd Prize ~ $125
The Jewish Community Foundation of the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation is proud to announce the winners of its annual Holocaust Remembrance Essay Contest.The winners of the essay contest are recognized and awarded their prizes each year at the Annual Yom HaShoah Holocaust Memorial Service.
2016 1st Place Winner: Shir Bach
2015 1st Place Winner: Amelia Allore
2014 1st Place Winner: Julian Wilson
2013 1st Place Winner: Ann Carlstein
2012 1st Place Winner: Abby Muller
2011 1st Place Winner: Lauren Katz
2010 1st Place Winner: Herman Bhupal
2009 1st Place Winner: Chris Wolfe
2008 1st Place Winner: Ariel Mia Iarovici Katz
2016 2nd Place Winner: Sarah Taekman
2015 2nd Place Winner: Clare Heine
2014 2nd Place Winner: Ally Ziles
2013 2nd Place Winner: Kiera Turner
2012 2nd Place Winner: Kate Boyd
2011 2nd Place Winner: Will McEntee
2010 2nd Place Winner: James Huang
2009 2nd Place Winner: Zoe Symon
2008 2nd Place Winner: Max Ramage