The secondary school students’ essay competition was dedicated to the Holocaust Victims’ Remembrance Day. The essay topic was taken from the Talmud and was titled Whoever kills one life kills the world entire. Whoever saves one life saves the world entire. The Institute received 21 essays from ten schools all over Estonia.

The pupils expressed their thoughts on genocide, crimes against humanity in general, and the protection of human rights. The level of the essays was higher compared to earlier competitions. The jury (Gennadi Gramberg, Toomas Hiio, Meelis Maripuu, Malle Talvet-Mustonen, Anne-Ly Reima) consequently chose four best authors:

Helen Mitt from Järveotsa Gymnasium,

Hanna Normak from Hugo Treffner Gymnasium,

Martina Polina from Tallinn Linnamäe Russian Lyceum,

Liia Smelska from Jõhvi Gymnasium.

The Estonian Institute of Historical Memory in cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research rewards the authors of the best essays with a study trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum in Poland during the summer school holiday when it is again possible to travel.