High school students may apply. Applicants must live in Pennsylvania in Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, or Union County.
The essay contest for the 2018-2019 school year is closed. We will soon be announcing the winners. Thank you to everyone who participated in the essay contest. We will announce the timing of the 2019-2020 essay contest in the summer or fall of 2019.
The event called the Holocaust was the systematic murder of more than six million Jews and five million others in Europe, which was initiated prior to World War II and continued throughout the war. This event decimated established Jewish communities throughout Europe. The Holocaust has become a prime example of how hatred taught to generations of people can result in the most horrible of crimes. The purpose of the essay is to enhance an understanding of the Holocaust, to educate, and to help us prevent such tragedies in the future. Write your essay on the following topic:
In Germany and Europe during the 1930s and 1940s, members of many institutions and organizations (churches, military, sports groups, semi-official groups like the Hitler Youth, etc.) had to decide how they would respond to Germany's mass murder of Jews and others. Pick a group or organization. Explain that group’s behavior in the Holocaust. How did they respond to the Nazi government? How did they relate to individual Jews or other state-sanctioned “enemies?” Then, explain how studying this group’s response to the Holocaust today can help us remember the Holocaust better and what lessons we can learn.
To answer this question you must do research on an organization or group and its activities before and during the Holocaust. Make clear your main point and use concrete evidence to support what you write.
We will use the following criteria to evaluate essays:
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