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Never Again!

An Essay Contest sponsored by the Maureen and Robert Freedland Fund for Studies of the Holocaust

This essay contest, under the sponsorship of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation, is designed to bring new meaning to studies of the Holocaust (Shoah) by connecting it with 21st century issues.

Many have warned that the atrocities of the 20th Century must “never again” occur. However, the 21st Century has seen many incidents of racial, ethnic and religious persecution and even genocide.

The contest is open to all School District of La Crosse high school students. Winning essays will be recognized and honored with cash prizes totaling up to $500.

2020 Essay Contest Guidelines

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2020 Topic: How has the study of the Holocaust changed your view of the world and your place in it? Why do you think it happened?  What can we do to prevent it from ever happening again?  Try to include specific events, people, and places in your essay.

  • Deadline for entries is April 1, 2020.
  • Submit your essay using the online entry form.
  • Essays must be the writer’s own work with a maximum of 1,000 words.
  • Although not a research essay, students should list sources for any quoted material at the end of their paper.
  • Submission of your entry indicates permission to publish. Sponsors reserve the right to not issue awards if essays do not meet expected standards.
  • Find further information on this website about the Maureen and Robert Freedland Fund for Studies of the Holocaust, or contact the LPEF office at (608) 787-0226.
  • Up to $500 in prize money will be awarded to winning essays.

Judging criteria

  • Respectful discourse
  • Clearness of thought and genuine voice
  • Knowledge of historic and current events
  • Essays will be judged anonymously

Previous contest winners

See a story on 2017 winner, Bevan Breaux, a sophomore at 7 Rivers Community High School.

Read his essay: Pushing out people some see as unfit is ‘completely unsettling’

See a story on the 2016 winner, Annika Dome, a sophomore at Logan High School.

Read her essay: America ready to repeat mistakes from 70 years ago

Related media coverage

New essay contest has students comparing Holocaust to current events  • WIZM • April 22, 2016

Logan student wins prize for Holocaust studies  • WXOW • April 21, 2016

Logan student wins Holocaust essay contest • La Crosse Tribune • April 21, 2016