In 2015, the Bardejov Jewish Preservation Committee initiated a yearly Essay Contest on topics related to the Holocaust for local Bardejov high school students. The contest encourages students to explore and learn about the Holocaust and its effects on society and Jewish heritage.
Each year, the BJPC, together with school teachers and the Bardejov Community Foundation, selects two topics and the students choose one of these topics to write an essay of five pages or less. A committee of teachers and community members evaluates the essays and chooses the best three which are then translated to English. This is done so that members of the Bardejov Jewish Preservation Committee may also participate in determining first, second, and third place. The finalists and winners are announced during our annual commemorative event. Each winner is awarded a cash prize and a certificate signed by our founder, Mr. Emil A. Fish. The winning essays are published on our website and in local magazines.
The contest has received a very positive response, and the amount of participants grew significantly from its first year. We plan to continue this activity for many years as it is an interesting and important educational experience for all the students who participate.
Click below to read each year’s winning essays: