During the time of the Holocaust, millions died at the hands of Hitler’s Third Reich.Today, racism and hatred are taking on a new face, with online interfaces, messages can range far and wide in a millisecond.Watching survivor testimony on video, with Oprah Winfrey and Elie Wiesel when he was still alive, was powerful as well.
The Holocaust is certainly a somber subject for any writer to tackle; but, two 14-year-old KMS students accepted the challenge and submitted their entries into a national contest.
Named for the Holocaust survivor and late author, “The Elie Wiesel Writing and Visual Arts Competition,” focused this year on keeping the history of the Holocaust relevant.
First of all, the books that have been written about the Holocaust provide a deeper understanding of the innermost thoughts people had during that time.
In The , a young girl in Amsterdam went into hiding and unfortunately did not live to see peace.
She also began her own writing career and became a best-selling USA Today author.
“It’s wonderful that I’m able to satisfy my two passions– educating and nurturing youth and writing fiction,” said Rosenblum.
“Telling a story, or writing an argumentative essay is like weaving threads of thoughts and ideas, facts and experiences, and beliefs and histories into a beautiful and intricate fabric.” Andreya Aitchison says that writing helps her to express herself and to grow into her own identity along with the chance to explore society’s behavior.
“I love to write about the big questions; like how do we choose to relate with one another, why we are here, and what we should do while we exist,” said Aitchison via email.
In her famous and heart wrenching diary, she writes after she’s gone into hiding, “It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out…” (Anne Frank) Another book describing a Holocaust experience is by Elie Wiesel. I was constantly biting my lips so that they wouldn’t freeze.
He describes his horrible experience in Auschwitz involving being worked nearly to death, losing his parents and sister, and nearly freezing to death as the war was ending. All around me, what appeared to be a dance of death…” (Elie Wiesel) Secondly, we had the privilege of hearing a survivor speak at our school, a unique experience that tragically cannot exist for much longer.