The Mary Elmes Prize Welcome Page
Holocaust Education Trust Ireland
in association with the History Teachers Association of Ireland
The Mary Elmes Prize in Holocaust Studies
for Transition Year students, launching September 2019
The prize will bear the name of Mary Elmes, an Irish woman who saved scores of children during the Holocaust. In 2013, Mary was awarded Righteous Among The Nations (posthumously) by Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Remembrance Authority in Israel. She is the first Irish person to be so honoured.
Students are invited to complete a History essay or create an artistic
response to raise awareness about the Holocaust, inspired by Mary Elmes
and her story.
A virtual “Tree of Life” dedicated to Mary Elmes will be created online. As the winner of each section is announced, a leaf will be inscribed on the tree in their name. The tree will grow, and the number of leaves will increase each year. Each winning student will receive a certificate, a replica of their leaf inscribed with their name and date, and a lapel pin to wear. A prize-giving ceremony will be arranged. Each winning student will be invited to participate in the national Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration.
Submission date: 18 December 2020.
TY Coordinators will be asked to select one entry from the history essay
category, and one entry from each of the artistic responses, music, art and
These will be forwarded to HETI and we will then distribute them to the judging panel by Friday 10 January 2020. The 4-sections of our judging panel will then have until the 26th of March 2021 to select the best three entries to create a shortlist. HETI and HTAI will then decide from this shortlist the winner and runner up of the history essay and creative response categories.
Entries should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to The Mary Elmes Prize, Holocaust Education Trust Ireland, Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2, D02 XT91
The prize winners and runners-up will be announced in April 2021. Each winning student
and runner-up will be notified by letter through their schools.
Announcements will appear on relevant websites and the Mary Elmes Prize dedicated website page.
Other recommended reading
Mary Elmes story A Time to Risk All, by Clodagh Finn, is published by Gill Books http://bit.ly/ATimeToRiskAll
The Extraordinary Story of Mary Elmes, by Paddy Butler, is published by Orpen Press http://bit.ly/ExtraordinaryMaryElmes
Holocaust Memorial Day booklets can be downloaded from the HETI website http://bit.ly/HMDBooklets
Gilbert, Martin. The Righteous: The Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust, (Holt Paperbacks, 2004)
Satloff, Robert. Among The Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust’s Long Reach into Arab Lands, (Public Affairs, 2006)
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