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.
This year's entries were of an exceptional standard and we would like to congratulate all students who entered. Prize winners were flown to Wellington and presented their essays at the United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day reception at Parliament on 27th January 2019. Winners got to meet Paul Seideman and other Holocaust survivors present as well as members of the Diplomatic Corp, government and Wellington Jewish Community.
Mark Seddon & Georgia Wong with Paul Seideman and Ginny Andersen MP at the United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day Parliament reception 27 January 2019. Photography by Woolf
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