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Now Accepting Entries: The Helen and Leon Sperling Holocaust Education Essay Contest, 2024

The lessons of history are many. Among the most important is the way that events of the past teach us how to better view the present and to react with understanding, foresight, and courage.

Deadline: April 19, 2024

Choose one of these topics for your essay:

  1. How do events of the Holocaust have meaning in our current time of increasing anti-Semitic events occurring in the United States?

  2. How has your personal life been affected by the study of the Holocaust?

Entry Form 2024
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Contest Guidelines:

  • This essay contest is open to students in 2 categories: grades 6-8 and 9-12.

  • Submit a PDF approximately 3 pages using 12pt. Times New Roman font, double-spaced.

  • Cite your references and sources. Plagiarism is an automatic disqualification..

  • Grammar, punctuation and spelling will be taken into consideration.

  • Download the entry form above.

  • Submit completed application and essay to:

  • Deadline for submission is April 19, 2024.

Cash prizes will be awarded!!

The first place essay will be published in the program for The Annual Helen and Leon Sperling Holocaust Memorial Lecture, taking place on May 9, 2024, at the Utica JCC.

An old woman sitting in a chair
Helen Sperling, Holocaust Survivor


Contest Guidelines 2024
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Contest Cover Letter 2024
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