Holocaust Remembrance Essay Contest

two brothers in 1944 ghetto photo (1)The Holocaust Remembrance Essay Contest is held annually for high school students, facilitated through North Carolina Hillel. We are committed to promoting Holocaust awareness among young people in North Carolina and beyond, Jewish and non-Jewish alike. Through the essay contest, high school students are invited to explore questions raised by the Holocaust. We seek to inspire students to think about the implications of the Holocaust in their lives and throughout the world. 

Understanding the Holocaust: Why is it relevant today?


Student essays will be judged on content rather than style and should demonstrate:
  • Historical knowledge and thoughtful learning about the Holocaust
  • Ability to identify lessons learned from the Holocaust
  • An understanding of the relevance of the Holocaust in today’s world 

Students can:

  • Research an individual from the Holocaust with whom they feel a connection
  • Examine the Holocaust in a particular location
  • Explore a specific event in the Holocaust
  • Compare an event in the Holocaust to current events
  • Write about any aspect of the Holocaust that interests them

Formatting requirements: Maximum of 1,200 words; Times New Roman font, size 14, double spaced

Prizes: 1st Prize - $250, 2nd Prize - $125

Questions? Contact Lauren Fine at

Congratulations to the past winners of the Holocaust Remembrance Essay Contest!

2016 | 1st Place Winner - Shir Bach - Cedar Ridge High School
            2nd Place Winner - Sarah Taekman - Chapel Hill High School
2015 | 1st Place Winner – Amelia Allore, 2nd Place Winner – Clare Heine
2014 | 1st Place Winner – Julian Wilson, 2nd Place Winner – Ally Ziles
2013 | 1st Place Winner – Ann Carlstein, 2nd Place Winner – Kiera Turner
2012 | 1st Place Winner – Abby Muller, 2nd Place Winner – Kate Boyd
2011 | 1st Place Winner – Lauren Katz, 2nd Place Winner – Will McEntee
2010 | 1st Place Winner – Herman Bhupal, 2nd Place Winner – James Huang
2009 | 1st Place Winner – Chris Wolfe, 2nd Place Winner – Zoe Symon
2008 | 1st Place Winner – Ariel Mia larovici Katz, 2nd Place Winner – Max Ramage

Please submit your essay using the form below. Deadline for entry is Wednesday, February 1, 2017. If you are a teacher submitting multiple essays on behalf of your students, please email them as attachments to

North Carolina Hillel Foundation
210 West Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 942-4057

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