The 2018 B’nai B’rith Capital Area Holocaust Essay Contest essay topic is: “What lessons can we learn from the rise of fascism in Germany and the Holocaust in Europe? Can a similar abuse of power occur today and, if so, how might you contribute toward preventing it?”
The free and non-commercial contest, supported by middle and high school administrators and teachers, is open to middle and high school students in 12 contiguous area counties. The e-mail and postmark deadline for contest submittals is Thursday, April 19.
“The essay contest engages students in research on the Holocaust of World War II and, we hope, teaches them to resist intolerance and bullying and, as adults, to reject cruel or hateful beliefs, policies, and candidates,” said Robert Michaels, Holocaust essay contest chairperson.
Essays will be coded and submitted to Dr. Bill Pearlman, coordinator of the judging panel: Peter Bent, Evelyn Loeb Garfinkel, Patricia Luria, Sally Magid, Jessica Many, and Randy Simon. Pearlman will assign a group of essays to each judge. The panel will choose three high school and three middle school essay winners.
Cash prizes will be awarded and the winners will read their essays at a public award ceremony Wednesday evening, June 6, in the community room of the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York in Albany.
New York State Assembly Member Phil Steck (District 110), will speak at the award ceremony.
According to Michaels, the ceremony will be videotaped, and DVDs distributed to students, teachers, and parents.
Sponsors of the contest include the Jewish Federation, the Sternlicht Holocaust Memorial Fund, Schenectady B’nai B’rith Unit 879, Albany B’nai B’rith Gideon Lodge, the brotherhood of Temple Gates of Heaven in Schenectady, and individual donors. The contest also receives funds for a college intern, Danielle Haft of the State university at Albany.
The website www.bbhec.org provides information.