United States: Dallas Holocaust Museum And Fox Rothschild Host Essay Competition On Upstander Behavior
Last Updated: May 6 2016

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The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance teamed up with the national law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP and its Dallas office managing partner Clint David to host the inaugural essay contest for 7th grade students of the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy.

Fox Rothschild originated the initiative in an effort to help promote the importance of upstanding in the community and to engage local students with the culture and history offered through the museum.

As part of the museum's mission to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference, students were reminded that during the Holocaust, most people turned a blind eye to the discrimination, persecution and genocide of 6 million Jews by the Nazis.

Students were asked to think about Albert Einstein's quote, "The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it," and then write an essay explaining how and why bystanders chose to ultimately support the Nazi regime by their behavior and spread hatred. Approximately 85 students submitted essays.

"As the number of Holocaust survivors dwindles, it is vital that we teach today's youth about this momentous time in history to ensure it is never forgotten and never repeated," said David. "As a former member of the museum's board, I was honored to be able to lead this significant event and educate and support the wonderful students of the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy."

"We are very appreciative that Clint and everyone at Fox Rothschild so generously hosted this essay contest," says the Museum's President and CEO, Mary Pat Higgins. "The students tackled a difficult topic with sincerity, historical accuracy and enthusiasm."

The essays were judged by an esteemed panel, including the Museum's Assistant Director of Education, Dr. Charlotte Decoster; Dr. Neena Biswas; Gerardo Galvan; Jack Baum; Dodee Frost Crockett; Mark Alfieri; Jamal Carty and Betsey Hecksel.

David and Higgins will honor the three finalists, Ivan Leiva, Marcus Johnson and Pablo Torres, at the Museum's next board meeting on May 10 at the Jewish Community Center located, at 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas, TX 75230.

Prizes for students with the winning essays, all donated by Fox Rothschild, include:

  • First place: $200 savings bond and a $100 Barnes and Noble gift card
  • Second place: $100 Barnes and Noble gift card
  • Third place: prize $50 Barnes and Noble gift card

For more information, please visit dallasholocaustmuseum.org or call (214) 741-7500.

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