The 2019 B’nai B’rith Capital Area Holocaust Essay Contest essay topic is: This year’s essay topic is: Holocaust resistance occurred frequently during WW-2. What dangers did ‘underground’ resisters face, and what do you think motivated some to resist, while others did not?”
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 Friday, 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, essay contest chairperson. He added, “The contest is based upon the premise that today’s students will become tomorrow’s leaders and voters. After approximately three decades of running the essay contest, we have involved many thousands of students, and therefore many thousands of today’s voters and leaders in our community and beyond.”
Essays will be coded and submitted to Dr. Bill Pearlman, coordinator of the judging panel which is made up of 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, June 5, at 7 p.m. 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 University at Albany.
The website www.bbhec.org can provide information.