“Let us not forget, after all, that there is always a moment when the moral choice is made. Often because of one story or one book or one person, we are able to make a different choice, a choice for humanity, for life.” — Elie Wiesel (1928-2016), Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate

Using the powerful words of Elie Wiesel as inspiration, we invited students to reflect on what story, book, or person has influenced their thinking about ethical decision-making and what it has taught them about how they can participate as caring, thoughtful citizens in the world. Through this reflection, they can continue to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and be prepared to make positive choices for humanity. 

In response, we received nearly 5,200 submissions from students across the US, UK, and Canada. With the help of over 100 judges, we are thrilled to reveal 16 finalists, each of whom represents a different school, community, and unique world view. Collectively, these finalists’ diverse range of perspectives and experiences reflect the power of Elie Wiesel’s words, and provide us with hope for a future filled with compassionate, thoughtful citizens of the world.

Thanks to generous support from Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation's Holocaust Remembrance Project, Facing History is excited to offer more than $25,000 in scholarships and awards to students and their educators. 

The winners of our top prizes will be selected through public voting. This is where you come in! We are asking you—as teachers, students, and community members—to help us select the winners by reading the essays and voting until 12:00 p.m. EST on Friday, April 21. 

Looking for ways to continue exploring these ideas in your classroom? Check out these ready-to-use lesson plans that will help you engage your students as they consider how they want to participate in their community and world.


The Finalists

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