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.