Grade 7 Remembrance Day Essays

Peter Derbawka, chairperson of the Remembrance Day committee, gave the Helen Skotniski Bursary to some of the winners of the Legion entries.

Every year the Royal Canadian Legion sponsors the Remembrance Day poster, poem and essay competition for students from Grades 1 to 12. The winners, in order of first, second and honourable mention, are as follows.

Coloured posters - Grade 1, 2 and 3, Steele Johnson, Callia Fehr and Logan Hall; Grades 4, 5 and 6, Hailey Prystupa, Ellie Grainger and Eric Boyko; Grades 7, 8 and 9, Amber Toews, Brooke Kowalchuk and Courtney Yasieniuk; Grade 10, 11 and 12, Ian Stead, Kaitlyn Nesbitt and Carson Toews.

In our childhood, we didn’t want to hear about the Holocaust because they taught us to be embarrassed by it; now its distorted lessons are alienating anyone who doesn’t want [to] live in a militaristic state of hatred. I have yet to hear a single teenager come back from Auschwitz and say that we mustn’t abuse others the way we were abused. The conclusion is that Elkana was even more correct than it seemed back then: We have to forget as quickly as possible and make others forget to the degree possible. We needn’t erase it, but put it in its place; it’s over.

Remembering the Holocaust is now for nationalists only. There has yet to be a school whose pupils came back from Birkenau straight to the Gaza border, saw the barbed-wire fence and said, Never again. It cannot serve as a primary guide to the present and future, certainly not in the crooked way it is being presented.


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