“As Gedenk continues to promote tolerance through artistic outlets; this is our second year to partner with “Scholastic Art & Writing Awards” for the “2015 Gedenk Award for Tolerance” . The incredible amount of submissions and quality of work last year, showed us that many students are passionate about this subject. I would like to congratulate our winners and thank all the students who have submitted their inspiring work and took an active step in promoting tolerance.”

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Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau and seven decades after the end of the Second World War, I was humbled to take part in this year’s United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony at the United Nations headquarters’ General Assembly Hall, New York…

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“1942” by Laura Fennessy.

Last year we partnered with “Scholastic Art & Writing Awards” to present a brand new award opportunity: The 2015 Gedenk Award for Tolerance. This new award asked middle and high school students to create original works of art or writing that reflect upon the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides, with the intent to raise awareness of the importance of increasing tolerance to safeguard a peaceful society. In just this first year, we received over 2,500 submissions from creative teens around the country, and six young artists and writers whose work exemplified this mission were presented with the 2015 Gedenk Award for Tolerance along with a cash scholarship sponsored by Gedenk! Miri Ben-Ari, and Gedenk would like to congratulate the winners and we are excited to see what is submitted by students for the 2015 Awards!

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    • Gedenk Award for Tolerance Art Adjudication
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    • Online Announcement of National Medalists
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    • Tentative NYC Regional Ceremony and Exhibition
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Why is it important to learn about atrocities such as the “Holocaust”?

Miri Ben-Ari
“It is my duty to pass the flame of awareness and education so it will never happen again!”
Miri Ben-Ari , Founder/CEO
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“By remembering history, we inherit the power of the truth!”
Zoey Saldana , Actress
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“The Holocaust shows what happens when the evil, dark, negative side of humanity is allowed to prevail.”
Donna summer , Singer/SongWriter
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“If we don’t teach about history we are likely to repeat it. Any anti- Semitism is a mark of evil in the world.”
Jon Voight , Actor
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“Young kids understanding of the past can help build the future.”
Wyclef Jean , Singer/SongWriter/Politician
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“We all exist in a continuum and the seeds that were planted then are still being planted  now.”
Wynton Marsalis , Trumpeter/Composer
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“The past gives great example of what can happen in the future.”
Russell Simmons , Business Magnate
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“It’s important to learn as much as you can about history…so we don’t make the same mistakes in the future”
Joss Stone , Singer/SongWriter/Actress