Holocaust Essay Contest


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2022 Holocaust Essay Contest

B’nai B’rith House

22 Knolls Road

Schenectady, NY  12309



  As Chairperson of the 2022 B’nai B’rith Capital Area Holocaust Essay Contest, I welcome you to our website, providing information needed to participate.  Participation in our entirely non-commercial Contest is free, and open to High School and Middle School students in the 12-County Capital area of New York State (see Contest Area).  Cash prizes are awarded (see amounts and Contest Rules).

    To enter, you must write an essay responding to the question:

Our country is bitterly divided on public health issues such as vaccination and mask mandates.  Protesters have adopted the Holocaust symbols of wearing yellow stars like those used to identify Jews during WW-II.  What can your generation do to reach today’s adults and tomorrow’s students to distinguish between benevolent vs. evil public policies?   How does misuse of symbolism undermine efforts to prevent future Holocausts?

    Essays should be the student’s original, independent work, and submitted by Thursday 14 April 2022, preferably via e-mail to bam@bbhec.org, or otherwise mailed (postmark by 14 April) to the above address.  Contest rules/resources are provided in the next pages.

     I look forward to seeing your essay.

                                          Robert A. Michaels

                                          Schenectady B’nai B’rith, Unit 879

                                          Holocaust Essay Contest Chairperson