Williamsport — The James V. Brown Library has announced that the Days of Remembrance Essay Contest is now open to students in grades 7-12.
Applicants must live in Pennsylvania at Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, or Union County. Students related to anyone affiliated with the Essay Contest are not eligible to win prizes. Applications should be submitted online at daysofremembrance.org/essay-submission before 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, March 12, 2022.
First place: $500 checks will be awarded to one high school student and one college student.
Second place: $250 checks will be awarded to one high school student and one college student.
Several checks for $100 with honorable mention will be given.
The 2021-2022 essay topic for high school and college students should focus on the following:
The Holocaust was the systematic murder of over six million Jews, which began before World War II and continued throughout the war. The Holocaust is a prime example of how hate can cause horrific crimes and threaten societal values and security.
The Nazis and their collaborators also killed millions of other people they considered inferior or undesirable, such as Roma and Sinti, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses and people with disabilities. The Holocaust cannot be blamed solely on Adolf Hitler. Nazis, Germans and people from other countries actively participated in the Holocaust.
Discuss at least one way people have been conditioned to accept extermination as a reasonable solution to Europe’s problems. Discuss at least one lesson you can learn from the Holocaust that applies to the world today.
Essays should be between 400 and 850 words of content, not including title page and bibliography. References should follow MLA style guidelines or a citation style you are familiar with.
Entries should be typed and double-spaced. Do not display your name, class, teacher, or any identifying information anywhere in your essay. Display only the title of the essay and the word count on the title page of the essay.
Days of Remembrance is a member of the Association of Holocaust Organizations. A national tradition was established on October 7, 1980, with the passage by the 96th Congress of Public Law 96-388, which created the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.
Every year in school and military communities, Days of Remembrance programs are created to recognize this historic event. In the Susquehanna Valley, veteran and interfaith faith leaders are sponsoring this essay contest. Days of Remembrance is a nonprofit registered in Pennsylvania.
Military organizations, religious organizations, and businesses sponsor the essay contest. Local sponsors include:
- Fairfield Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram from Muncy
- Rotary Sunrise of Lewisburg
- Otto Bookstore
- Shikellamy JROTC High School
- Susquehanna Valley Marine Corps League
For more information, visit daysofremembrance.org.