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Bring Survivor Stories into Your Classroom

Teaching students about the lessons of the Holocaust is both a great responsibility and a tremendous opportunity to influence the next generation. How can you bring these lessons into your classroom? Participate in the annual Holocaust Reflection Contest sponsored by the Holocaust Learning and Education Fund, Inc. and hosted by Nova Southeastern University (NSU).

How to Participate

Your students begin by selecting a Holocaust survivor testimony that inspires them. They reflect on this story, what it means to them, and how they can apply these lessons to the problems they face in the modern world. To enter the contest (no fee to enter), students submit their reflections in the form of an original essay, a poem, a digital video or presentation, or a visual art piece. All submissions are reviewed and judged by a panel of volunteer educators and community members.

The contest will be open for submissions February 1–March 10, 2021.

Prizes

Each winning student receives

  • 1st Place $1000
  • 2nd Place $250
  • an invitation to attend an awards ceremony on the NSU campus in Fort Lauderdale*
  • private tour of the Craig and Barbara Weiner Holocaust Reflection Resource Center*

To receive prizes, winning students must submit a signed parent/guardian release form.

All participating students receive a certificate.

Each teacher of a winning student receives

  • 1st Place $500
  • 2nd Place $250
  • an invitation to attend an awards ceremony on the NSU campus in Fort Lauderdale*
  • private tour of the Craig and Barbara Weiner Holocaust Reflection Resource Center*

Every participating teacher (with at least 10 students who submit valid entries) receives a $25 Amazon gift card.

Parents of home-schooled children who participate in or win the contest are ineligible for prizes designated for teachers.

* Due to COVID-19 precautions, we may change the in-person activities to a virtual award ceremony.

Meet the Florida Education Mandate

As part of the State of Florida's education mandate, middle and high school educators guide students to examine the Holocaust. By participating in the Holocaust Reflection Contest, your students will learn to

  • understand the ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping
  • examine what it means to be a responsible and respectful person
  • encourage tolerance of diversity in a pluralistic society
  • nurture and protect democratic values and institutions

What Do Student Participants Learn?

"While doing this project, I learned that you have to forgive people while not forgetting what happened to you in order to live in a peaceful world. It is important to think that there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. By thinking like this, it can encourage a person to get through the difficult times in their life."
2019 winner from Pembroke Pines Charter West Middle School

 

"I realize no matter how good or bad I have it, I need to wake up each day thankful for my life because someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs." 
—2018 winner from The North Broward Preparatory Schools

 

"I learned to always be kind to others no matter what. And above all, you must not be afraid to use your voice to stand up against violence and prejudice."
—2018 winner from Barbara Goleman Senior High School

 

"An ordinary person can become extraordinary if they do the right thing. It has inspired me to be active in social justice to help illegal immigrants in my community."
—2018 winner from Nautilus Middle School

Contact Us

Please read the Contest Details and Frequently Asked Questions pages to see if we address your questions.

To receive notifications, sign up for our emails. Send all questions to holocaustessay@nova.edu.

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