The Importance of Holocaust Education

One of the reasons that the Holocaust took place was that the Nazis convinced their followers that Jews, gypsies, the disabled and homosexuals were fundamentally different – even “subhuman” – from Germans. While Nazi propaganda was extremely powerful, it was only effective because of pre-existing prejudices. Prejudice arises from ignorance. When we are ignorant about people who are different from us – whether in terms of race, religion or ethnicity – it becomes all too easy to see them as “not like us,” and dis- like or fear them. Since the Holocaust, the world has been repeatedly traumatized by racial, religious and ethnic persecution, often rooted in ignorance and fear.

This year’s Holocaust Essay contest will focus on how we can use the lessons of the Holocaust to encourage tolerance, acceptance and respect for others.

 

 

Writing Contest 2019 Winners

High School

1st Place
Julia Sager, 11th grade
Runnels High School
Teacher: Colleen LeBlanc

2nd Place
Kyle Becnel, 12th grade
Catholic High School
Teacher: Christy Kessler

3rd Place
Grant Alumbaugh, 12th grade
Catholic High School
Teacher: Christy Kessler

Middle School

1st place
George Forgey, 7th grade
Runnels Middle School
Teacher: Sherry Wilks

2nd Place
Arthur Donaldson, 7th grade
Runnels Middle School
Teacher: Sherry Wilkes

3rd Place
Ryder Bond, 6th grade
Episcopal School of Baton Rouge
Teacher: Martha Guarisco

Elementary School

1st Place
Amelia Quebadaux, 5th grade
Bains Elementary School
Teacher: Leigh Harris

2nd Place
Tyler Brian, 5th grade
Bains Elementary School
Teacher: Leigh Harris

3rd Place
Rae’zjon Williams, 5th grade
Bain Elementary School
Teacher: Leigh Harris