The Mary Elmes Prize in Holocaust Studies


Holocaust Education Trust Ireland
in association with the History Teachers Association of Ireland

The Mary Elmes Prize in Holocaust Studies
for Transition Year students 2020/2021.

In 2013, Mary Elmes became the first Irish person to be awarded Righteous Among The Nations posthumously by Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Remembrance Authority in Israel for saving hundreds of children during the Holocaust. Students are invited to complete a project or a piece of work to raise awareness about the Holocaust, inspired by Mary Elmes and her story.

Students can pick one option from one of the following categories:

Literary response –  Essay (approximately 1500 words), Poetry,  Drama (one-act play)
Musical response – Musical composition,  Song,  Rap
Artistic response – Any type of artwork up to a maximum size A2: painting, drawing, or graphic design (poster, stamp, CD, DVD or book cover), photography, video (up to 15 minutes)

All submissions must be the students’ own work

Candidates should become familiar with the history of the Holocaust and also about the Righteous Among The Nations. Holocaust Memorial Day booklets can be downloaded from the HETI website  Mary Elmes story A Time to Risk All, by Clodagh Finn, is published by Gill Books and Paddy Butler’s The Extraordinary Story of Mary Elmes is published by Orpen Press

The Prize
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. A monetary prize of €200 will also be awarded to each winner.

Submission date: 18 December 2020

Prize Results
The prizewinners will be announced in March 2021.
Each winning student will receive a letter addressed to them at their schools.

Announcements will appear on relevant websites and the Mary Elmes Prize dedicated website page.


Other recommended reading
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)