Holocaust Essay Contest


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2024 Holocaust Essay Contest

B’nai B’rith House

22 Knolls Road

Schenectady, NY  12309



  As Chairperson of the 2024 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:

In the events leading up to the Holocaust, how can education promote awareness, empathy, and tolerance in preventing the repetition of history? In your essay please discuss the responsibility that you believe schools should have in addressing historical events and their impact on today's current events. Can knowledge of past atrocities shape our approach to resolving contemporary conflicts and fostering peace?

    Essays should be the student’s original, independent work, and submitted by Friday 26 April 2024, preferably via e-mail to danielleshaft@gmail.com, or otherwise mailed (postmark by 26 April) to the above address.  Contest rules and research resources are provided in the next pages.

     I look forward to seeing your essay.

                                          Danielle Haft

                                          Holocaust Essay Contest Chairperson