Schwab Holocaust Essay Contest: Now Open

The Schwab Holocaust Education Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg is proud to announce its annual Holocaust Essay Contest.  A committee composed of Second Generation members and educators will judge all entries.


TOPIC: Based upon your studies of the Holocaust, what is the most important life lesson you have learned?  Explain why.


ELIGIBILITY: Open to all students in grades 7 through 12 in central Pennsylvania.


DEADLINE:  March 15, 2022.     Winner will read essay at the Harrisburg, PA Yom Ha’shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) commemoration in April, 2022.



First prize      10-12 grades     $500       7-9 grade        $500

Second prize 10-12 grades     $300       7-9 grade        $300

Third prize    10-12 grades     $200       7-9 grade        $200



1) All entries must be original, independent and accompanied by a cover page. The following information must be included on cover page: student’s name, address, phone number, grade level, e-mail address for student and parent(s), school name, address, and phone number.  Author’s name should appear only on the cover page.  Copies should be clean, i.e. no comments or grades from teachers.

 2) All essays must be typed, double-spaced on a single side of paper. The length of the composition should not exceed eight pages.

 3) Essays will be evaluated for content, clarity and composition.

 4) Send essays to: The Schwab Holocaust Essay Contest c/o Lillian Rappaport

Jewish Federation of Greater Hbg. 3301 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA, 17110