More than 50 Spokane-area high school students participated in a creative writing contest for the Spokane Community Observance of the Holocaust.
Their researched essays and poems were written from the viewpoint of children who survived the Holocaust, and the lessons they hope their children will learn from the survivors.
The winning essay by Randy Sylvester of University High School is published here. Below, find excerpts from the two runners-up – Paul Espora of East Valley High School and Lee Organick of Ferris High School. To read their complete essays, go to www.spokesman.com/ tags/holocaust-essay-contest.