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Tribute to the Rescuers Essay Contest: Tribute to the Rescuers Essay Contest

Holocaust Literature Class

You will produce a well-written research paper of 750-1000 words about a person who, during the Holocaust, demonstrated moral courage.  

Rules and regulations are available at

Biography Resource Guide

Citation Resources

Helpful Documents for Your Research


1.  Log in to the computer

2.  Go to

3.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page where you will see “Past Essay Contest Winners.” 

4.  Scroll down to the 11th – 12th grade category winners at the bottom left.  Read at least one of those essays to get an idea of what type of paper you are expected to produce.

5.  After you have read at least one essay, you will begin finding a subject about whom you can write your paper 

6.  If you want to write about a rescuer from the Holocaust, you can start by searching here:  .  All of the people featured on this site will be non-Jews who helped Jews during the Holocaust.

7.  If none of those stories interest you, you can look at lists of names of rescuers from each country here:

8.  If you are interested in reading about Jews who helped other Jews or fought the Nazis during the Holocaust, you can search here:

9.  If you do not want to write about a rescuer from the Holocaust, you will have to do some thinking before you say, “Ms. Stastny, who should I pick?”

Questions to ask yourself:  A.  Is there a particular country that interests you?  B.  Are you interested in a particular issue such as women’s rights, gay rights, religious persecution, access to education, the environment, etc.?  C.  Are you hoping to write about someone historical or modern?  D.  Do you want to write about a group or individual?  Male or female? 

When you have answers to these questions, talk to me.

10.  When you find an article you are interested in using, copy and paste it into a Microsoft Word file and save it in your home drive.

11.  Once you have found an article you are sure you want to use, print it.

More notes from Ms. Stastny

1. You must use scholarly resources from the internet.  You may not use Wikipedia or people’s personal websites.  Scholarly resources are those associated with academic or news organizations.  Their information is more reliable because they fact-check to maintain their own integrity and reputations.

Examples of appropriate sources are ,

2.  You must use at least one print resource.  Many print resources are available online. I will give you instructions on how to find them tomorrow.

3.  You are going to have to create annotations and an annotated bibliography, so be sure to save the information about where you found your sources including author’s name, website address, date of publication, and the association or organization to which the website belongs.

4.  You will need to find information about the person’s biography as well as what he/she did to demonstrate moral courage.


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