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JEWISH FEDERATION Writing contest focuses on Warsaw uprising



Published: Mon, February 17, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



The deadline is April 7.

YOUNGSTOWN -- The annual Holocaust Writing Contest sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation will remember the 60th anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising during World War II.

The theme for this year's contest is "For Your Freedom and Ours."

Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, will be commemorated on April 29 as part of an international event to remember all victims of the Holocaust and to remind people of the effects of bigotry, hatred and indifference.

Awards will be presented during the Community Yom Hashoah Commemoration Ceremony at the Mahoning County Courthouse at noon April 29.

Significance

The Warsaw ghetto has become a symbol of the fight against tyranny despite impossible odds. Before World War II, Warsaw was home to the largest Jewish community in Europe, with a population of around 375,000. In mid-1942, Germans deported almost 300,000 Warsaw Jews to the Treblinka death camp.

Over 60,000 Jews remained. In 1943, the Jewish Fighting Organization in Warsaw issued a communiqu & eacute; stating its resistance was "a battle being waged for your freedom as well as ours." They chose to fight and die to defend the honor of the Jewish people.

Pupils in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, and in western Pennsylvania are invited to enter.

The rules

Students from grades 7-12 in public and private schools are can submit an original piece of poetry and/or a narrative composition in three categories: grades 7-8; grades 9-10; and grades 11-12. Each category will receive one award for poetry and one for narrative writing. Honorable mention awards will be given in each category.

All entries must be typed or printed, double-spaced on one side of the paper, and can be up to 1,500 words. Each entry will be judged on originality, content, and appearance. Each entry must be accompanied by a title page, containing the following information: the student's name, home address and telephone number; student's school address and telephone number; teacher's name; and grade.

The deadline is April 7. Submissions may be mailed but students are strongly encouraged to submit entries via e-mail or on computer disk in the Microsoft Word format. Send entries to the JCC, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown 44504-1314, or e-mail bdburdman1@juno.com. Call (330) 746-3251.




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