Essays relate Holocaust history

May 26, 2013 

Kiera Turner, left, and Anne Carlstein, right, this year’s winners of the Penny Daum Aldrich Holocaust Remembrance Essay Contest, are pictured with Aldrich.


Two local students have been named winners of this year’s Penny Daum Aldrich Holocaust Remembrance Essay Contest.

Entrants to the contest, sponsored by the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation, were asked to write about the topic “Understanding the Holocaust: Why is it relevant today?”

The winners were Anne Carlstein, a freshman at East Chapel Hill High School, and Kiera Turner, a senior at Chapel Hill High.

Anne’s essay explained how Helga Weissova, who was a prisoner in the Terezin Ghetto and then Auschwitz, used art to help her survive the concentration camp. Kiera’s entry was about Irena Sendlerowa, a Catholic in Poland who rescued 2,500 Jewish children.

Anne and Kiera received cash prizes and were recognized last month at the Holocaust Remembrance Day program in Durham.

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