Final of the 10th edition of the “Memory for the Future” competition
Last Friday, June 7, the Museum hosted a group of eighty students and teachers from elementary and high schools across Poland – finalists of the 10th edition of the nationwide competition “Memory for the Future.” Twenty eight projects had qualified to take part in this year’s edition whose theme was “Searching for local traces of Jewish presence.” The jury – composed of representatives of the organizers: the Association of Children of the Holocaust in Poland, the Jewish Historical Institute and the Museum of the History of Polish Jews – rewarded eight projects which stood out among those submitted.
The winning teams were greeted by the director of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews Andrzej Cudak, and the deputy director of the Jewish Historical Institute Ryszard Burek. Joanna Sobolewska-Pyz, president of the Association of Children of the Holocaust in Poland, handed out the prizes (seven video cameras and one photo camera). There was a sense of pride and visible emotion among the prizewinners, whose work, often carried out in very small towns, had finally been recognized.
Following the official part of the meeting, the guests gathered in the Museum’s auditorium to watch short films documenting the best projects in each category.
Winners of the 10th edition of the “Memory for the Future” competition
Elementary schools category
I place: Home Army Elementary School in Pustelnik for the project “Three from Warszawska Street”
I place: Władysław Weber Gymnasium no. 5 in Rybnik for the project „Local traces of Jewish presence – history of the Jewish cemetery in Rybnik”
II place: Jan Kochanowski Gymnasium no. 5 in Konin for the project „Images of memory” and Gymnasium no. 1 in Tuszyn for the project “Return to the city’s memory”
High schools category
I place: School Complex no. 2 in Mrągowo for the project “The rabbi’s house” and the S. Żeromski Technical and General School Complex in Częstochowa for the project “In the footsteps of those absent”
Special prize awarded to a mixed (elementary school-gymnasium) team: School Complex in Stegna for the project “Evacuation ‘45”