Laureates of the literary contest “What does Auschwitz mean in my today life?” awarded
At the Office of the Human Rights Defender in Warsaw, the results of the literary competition “What does Auschwitz mean in my today life?” were announced and awards were handed out to the laureates.
The jury of the competition selected the winners from nearly 300 submitted works. Awards and prizes were granted in three categories. In the category of gymnasium students, I place was won by Maria Jopek from Węgierska Górka, Anna Marzec from Buska-Zdroju won from among students from secondary school, whilst I place among adults was taken by Anita Rucioch-Gołek from Przyprostynia Zbąszyń.
“We were very impressed with the submitted works. The past needs its ambassadors, and all the laureates of our competition are these ambassadors. It allows them to bridge the gap between a completely unimaginable past — which the survivors often feel helpless in the speaking about; they do not know how to tell us — and the present times. The results of the competition are proof that there are those among us whose courage and openness allow one to make this step over the precipice and build a bridge for others,” said Prof. Irena Lipowicz, Human Rights Defender.
She added that she would like to see it become mandatory for every student in Poland during the period of school education to visit one of the memorial sites and has requested this from the Ministry of Education.
“This competition, in its intention, was to connect the memory of this history with our everyday lives. When memory is placed in the hands of those born after the war, many questions arise: what do we with it? In what way does it charge us, oblige us and make us more responsible? Therefore I am thankful to everyone who took part in the competition, because I am aware that the task in itself of this difficult question concerning memory is not easy,” said Auschwitz Dr Piotr M.A. Cywiński, Director of the Auschwitz Museum. “The great diversity of these works is of extraordinary value. They are certainly suitable for very thorough sociological and scientific analysis, so that we, the staff of the Memorial Site, will be better able to learn about the human dramas of the past. It is additionally a gift that we have received from all of you,” he added.
The winners also got to meet with former Auschwitz prisoner Zofia Posmysz, writer and author of “The Passenger.”
The aim of the competition, jointly organised by the Human Rights Defender and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, was to nurture the memory of victims of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp, and all the victims of the Holocaust, as well as the shaping and development of sensitivity to injustice and human harm, particularly among the younger generation.
Media sponsor for the competition was the monthly "Mówią Wieki"
Category : GYMNASIUM
I place — MARIA JOPEK, Węgierska Górka
II place — MARIA PRUSAKOWSKA, Wrocław
III place — ALEKSANDRA HAWEŁKA, Żabno
I distinction — ALICJA CICHOCKA, Ostrołęka
II distinction — AGATA ŚWITAJ, Ostrołęka
III distinction — ANNA KONIOR, Kęty
IV distinction — ZUZANNA SOSNOWSKA, Bojszowy
V distinction — LAURA HALINOWSKA, Jarosławiec
Category: SECONDARY SCHOOL
I place — ANNA MARZEC, Busko-Zdrój
II place — DOMINIKA WOŹNIAK, Krzepice
III place — EWA PIETRASZ, Jastrzębie Zdrój
I distinction — KONRAD MAZUR, Kamieniec Ząbkowicki
II distinction — JOANNA KALETA, Kraków
III distinction — ALEKSANDRA KUCZA, Słubice
IV distinction — MAŁGORZATA GRZESZKOWICZ, Wyszków
I place — ANITA RUCIOCH-GOŁEK, Przyprostynia Zbąszyń
II place — AGNIESZKA POPŁAWSKA, Warszawa
II place — SEBASTIAN NIEZNAJ, Oświęcim
III place — JANUSZ ŁABAJ, Oświęcim
I distinction — DARIA CZARNECKA, Bielsko-Biała
II distinction — MAGDALENA POKRZYCKA-WALCZAK, Lublin