The Institute for Holocaust Education (IHE) is excited to announce the 11th Anniversary Tribute to the Rescuers High School Essay Contest. October of this year also marks the 70th anniversary of the Danish Rescue. All Essay Contest submissions are due by February 26, 2013.The Essay Contest asks students to use the lens of the Holocaust to examine moral behavior. Each student chooses an individual or group who exhibited moral courage while taking a stand against social injustice. They then explore the historical events surrounding their subject, and compose an essay exploring their topic and how it relates to the Holocaust. Most importantly, each student considers the essence of moral courage and how the topic impacts them and their behavior. The Danish rescuers collectively provide an outstanding example of moral courage. During World War II while many people looked the other way as the Nazis carried out their genocide, Denmark was the only occupied territory that launched a nationwide effort to protect its Jewish citizens. The Danes’ courageous ferrying of Jews to Sweden in their fishing boats kept almost all of their countrymen from harm. Since 1966, the Tribute to the Danes and other Rescuers Organization in New York has been educating the public about the noble actions of Danish rescuers in the face of mortal danger during World War II. In 1999, that organization merged with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to capitalize on the efforts of both organizations. The Institute for Holocaust Education manages the contest. The contest is offered to students in two categories – 9 & 10th grades and 11 & 12th grades with cash prizes ranging from $75 to $750 in each category. Educators are eligible to win prizes as well. For more information and contest rules please contact IHE Education Coordinator, Donna Walter at email@example.com or 402.334.6453. For more information on the Danish Rescue, please visit www.ushmm.org.