Background Paul Seideman is a Holocaust survivor. Paul established a competition for Year 10 and Year 11-13 students at New Zealand secondary schools where the Holocaust is part of the curriculum. As a young Jewish boy in then Czechoslovakia, Paul suffered enormously but managed to survive for several years in the Nazi German concentration and labour camps during World War II. After liberation, Paul emigrated to Australia and then New Zealand. He now lives in a Wellington retirement home. To commemorate the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Soviet Army on 27 January 1945, Paul funded an annual competition.
HCNZ is proud to announce that Georgia Wong year 10 student of Columba College, Dunedin and Mark Seddon year 13 student of Westlake Boys High School, Auckland are the winners of this year’s Paul Seideman Annual Composition Prize. This year’s entries were of an exceptional standard and we would like to congratulate all students who entered and to our prize winners, we look forward to your visit to Wellington to share your essays at the United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day parliament reception, 27th January 2019.
Remember to look out again next year for composition details!!!
Senior Prize Winner: Mark Seddon
Photo of Mark Seddon from Westlake Boys High School, Auckland with Sue Seddon-(mother), Steven Gardner (teacher) and Chris Harris, HCNZ National Director of Education.
Junior Prize Winner: Georgia Wong
Photo of Georgia Wong from Columba College, Dunedin with Chris Harris.
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