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Read Buckner’s Winning Holocaust Remembrance Essay

8th grader Bella Buckner’s essay “Indifference and Action” took 1st place in the Middle School division of the recent 17th annual Eva Lassman Holocaust Memorial Writing Contest. Read Bella’s Essay that appeared in the June 25 issue of the Spokesman-Review.

“Americans were indifferent to the events of the Holocaust because they were primarily looking out for their own self-interests, influential voices discouraged Jewish immigration, and moral outrage was disconnected from practical action,” writes Bella. “To move beyond indifference to affect positive social change, communities can educate people on the benefits immigrants bring, give people resources to see different perspectives, and share personal stories.”

The contest honors the legacy of Eva Lassman, a survivor of the Holocaust, member of the Spokane community, and an advocate for educating people about the dangers of intolerance and the genocide of 6 million Jews and 5 million people of other nationalities, religions and viewpoints under Nazi Germany during World War II.