Liberation & Recovery: Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Nazi Death Camps


  1. Essay contest open to all high school students in TN and surrounding states.
  2. One entry per student.
  3. All entries must be typed and double-spaced in 12-point font.
  4. Entries may not exceed 600 words.
  5. Entries must include name, address, phone number, e-mail address, name of school and grade.
  6. Essays must be electronically submitted to HolocaustEssayContest2020@gmail.com by the close of business, Thursday, March 5, 2020.
  7. The essay should explore the following topic: Liberation & Recovery: Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Nazi Death Camps
  8. When thinking about this topic, you may wish to consider the following: How were the Nazi death camps liberated? What were the different reactions/responses of the U.S. and allied soldiers? How did the camp survivors move from liberation to recovery? What challenges did the survivors face during their recovery? Who was involved in helping the survivors after liberation? What was life like in a Displaced Persons (DP) camp? What was the response of the international community to the liberation and recovery?
  9. Suggested Resources: https://www.ushmm.org/search/results/?q=Liberation, https://www.yadvashem.org/search.html?val=Liberation&lang=en, https://www.facinghistory.org/holocaust-and-human-behavior/chapter-9/war-endedhttps://www.theholocaustexplained.org/survival-and-legacy/, https://sfi.usc.edu/liberation, https://archives.jdc.org/our-stories/1940s/, https://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/dp_camps/index.asp, https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/displaced-persons, https://www.facinghistory.org/universal-declaration-human-rights/eleanor-visits-displaced-persons-camps
  10. Ideas not your own and/or quotes must be referenced.
  11. Judging will be based on the following criteria: originality, creativity, passion, message conveyed, connection to theme, accurate historical detail and proper use of language.
  12. First Place cash prize of $250; Second Place cash prize of $125.  Gift cards for Honorable Mention. Contest awards provided by the Kaethe Mela Family Memorial Fund of the Jewish Foundation of Memphis. Kaethe, her husband Paul and their 17-year-old daughter Doris were murdered in Auschwitz.
  13. First Place winner will be invited to read his/her essay at Memphis Jewish Federation’s annual community-wide Yom HaShoah/Holocaust observance on Tuesday evening, April 21, 2020 held at the Memphis Jewish Community Center. All essay winners will be publically recognized at the commemoration and will receive their cash awards immediately following the program.
  14. Winning essays will be published in print and digital publications.


For questions and additional information, please contact Carrie Richardson at crichardson@jcpmemphis.org.