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The Holocaust

2017 Writing Contest 


Participants in the Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge’s Holocaust Writing Contest will be given the opportunity to express their thoughts on making decisions that not only affect them, but those around them.


Entries must be typed, double spaced and include a title page that lists the author’s name, school, teacher, grade, phone number and email address.  Submissions missing requested information will be automatically disqualified.  Essays will not be returned.

There are three divisions in the contest: the lower school division (3rd-5th grade), the middle school division (6th-8th grade) and the high school division (9th-12th grade).


  • Entries must be postmarked by March 24
  • Teachers may send a maximum of ten essays per classroom
  • Entries are to be mailed to

Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge

14241 Coursey Blvd., Ste. A, #337

Baton Rouge, LA 70817


Winners of the contest will be contacted ahead of time and announced at a special Holocaust Memorial Service on Sunday, April 23 at Congregation B'nai Israel, located at 3354 Kleinert Avenue,  from 4:00pm-6:00pm.

Prizes will be given in each division of the contest.

1st place               $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble, $50 cash

2nd place             $35 gift card to Barnes & Noble, $25 cash

3rd place              $35 gift card to Barnes & Noble, $20 cash


 If you have any questions, please contact Ellen Sager, at 225.379.7393 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Elementary, grades 3-5

no more than 150 words


During the Holocaust, a 13 year old girl wrote a diary about her life in hiding.¬† She did not survive the holocaust, but her diary did.¬† Her diary was published and people all over the world have read about her experiences and learned what life was like for many people during the Holocaust. ¬†Shortly after the devastating floods this past summer, an 8-year-old boy became one of the largest and unlikely donors to a fund that assists East Baton Rouge First Responders.¬† He opened up his own lemonade stand to raise money. The boy and his mother dropped off a check in the amount of¬† $2,200. ¬†‚ÄúI just wanted to raise money for the responders, and this is something I decided to do,‚ÄĚ ¬†Benjamin Chiasson said. ¬†Chaisson‚Äôs mother, Laurie said "I expected him to raise about $200, not $2,000!"¬†


Can you think of something you can do to help people you may not know?  Write an essay about how you could do something that could have a positive impact on the world.




Middle School, grades 6-8

no more than 250 words


During the Holocaust there were many individuals who helped people who were being persecuted or murdered.  Individuals who put their lives in jeopardy to help someone else.  After the war there were people who survived and told the stories of the people who had put their own lives in jeopardy to help others.  Oskar Schindler was able to use Jewish workers in his factory during the war and in this way, the Jewish workers were not sent to camps where they would likely be killed.  Irena Sendler was a Social Worker who smuggled Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto, provided them with fake identity papers and found places for them to live.  Both of these people saved many people who might otherwise have died.  They put their own lives in jeopardy, but they did what they felt was the right thing to do.


During the floods of this past summer there were many people who provided assistance and aid to those in need.  Can you recall a time when someone helped you?  Someone who might have surprised you when you needed a little help.  This could be a friend or a relative or perhaps someone who you only met once.  Write an essay about how someone helped you and how that made you feel. 




High School, grades 9-12

250-500 words


During the Holocaust there were many individuals who became hero's by the actions they took.  They had no training or experience but the situations they were placed in caused them to take a role that led to changes in how and where they lived.  Mordecai Anielewicz became the Commander of the Warsaw ghetto uprising even though he came from a poor family and had only a high school education.  He became a leader by studying on his own and taking action when he heard about the mass killings in Eastern Europe.  He started organizing self-defense groups inside the  Warsaw Ghetto.  It’s hard to say how many Jewish people were saved by his actions, but it is safe to say many were saved.


August 13 through August 17 many parts of south Louisiana flooded.  Heavy and unexpected rains caused bayou’s, drainage ditches and rivers to flow outside of their banks and into peoples homes, schools and businesses.  The rising water was so unexpected that many people didn't have time to leave their homes or neighborhoods before everything was flooded.  By Sunday August 14 as the rains had stopped there were people who took the boats they had and went out into the flood waters and began rescuing people.  These were not people they were related to or knew of, just people who were trapped in their homes with no way to get out. These were ordinary people doing something extraordinary without anyone organizing, directing or telling them what to do.


Can you think of a time in your life when you took the initiative to do something extraordinary without being told to do it?  Write a short essay about whay you habe done.  If you havent' done anything extraordinary, write a short essay about something you could do.  Include what would prompt you to do something for complete strangers. 









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