The 2018-2019 White Rose Student Essay Contest finalists have been announced. You can see a full list and read the winning essays below.

Flight from the Reich
Between the Nazi rise to power in 1933 and the invasion of Poland in 1939, Nazi policy toward the Jews encouraged their social and economic isolation from non-Jews. With the ultimate aim of pressuring Jews to emigrate from the country, the Nazis utilized increasingly restrictive laws to force this separation – eventually progressing to organized violence.

By the spring of 1938, these policies were in force against German, Austrian and Czech Jews from the Sudetenland, as the Reich expanded through territorial acquisition.  Despite this pressure to leave the country, many Jews had little interest in leaving their homes, especially as they faced restrictive immigration quotas and obstacles to their successful entry into another country. The situation reached a breaking point following Kristallnacht when Jews in the Reich perceived an immediate threat to their safety, prompting an international refugee crisis which demanded the attention of world leaders.

This year’s contest asked students to analyze the conditions experienced by Jews living within the Reich during the 1930s and explore what choices were open to them as potential emigrants.

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2019 White Rose Essay Contest Reception

8th-9th Grade Division Winners

1st Place – Emma Du – Harmony Middle School

2nd Place – Abbie Kratofil – Oxford Middle School

3rd Place – Caroline Lubbe – Oxford Middle School

10th-12th Grade Division Winners

1st Place – John Lubianetsky – The Barstow School

2nd Place – Emma Cooney – Lee’s Summit High School

3rd Place – Landon Surber – Lone Jack High School

8th - 9th Grade Finalists

James Bi – Harmony Middle School
Sponsoring Teacher: Michelle Sutton
Emma Du – Harmony Middle School
Sponsoring Teacher: Jon Holsapple
Gavin Goldston – Oxford Middle School
Sponsoring Teacher: Andi Husted
Sam Hurley – Harmony Middle School
Sponsoring Teacher: Michelle Sutton
Lisa Ji – Lakewood Middle School
Sponsoring Teacher: Amanda Schweiger
Abbie Kratofil – Oxford Middle School
Sponsoring Teacher: Andi Husted
Vishnu Kumar – Harmony Middle School
Sponsoring Teacher: Michelle Sutton
Jeffrey Liang – Oxford Middle School
Sponsoring Teacher: Andi Husted
Caroline Lubbe – Oxford Middle School
Sponsoring Teacher: Andi Husted
Lorelai Petrie – Oxford Middle School
Sponsoring Teacher – Andi Husted

10th - 12th Grade Finalists

Emma Cooney – Lee’s Summit High School
Sponsoring Teacher: Christopher Bobal
Tara Conrad – Lone Jack High School
Sponsoring Teachers: Bailey Appleton & Angela Gottesburen
Emma Marie Craven – Lone Jack High School
Sponsoring Teachers: Bailey Appleton & Angela Gottesburen
Danielle Gafford – Lone Jack High School
Sponsoring Teachers: Bailey Appleton & Angela Gottesburen
Madison Jedlicka – Lone Jack High School
Sponsoring Teachers: Bailey Appleton & Angela Gottesburen
John Lubianetsky – Lone Jack High School
Sponsoring Teachers: Bailey Appleton & Angela Gottesburen
Kirsten Poole – Lone Jack High School
Sponsoring Teachers: Bailey Appleton & Angela Gottesburen
Madelyn Reed – Heartland Christian School
Sponsoring Teacher: Kay Barnes
Amanda Stangl – Lone Jack High School
Sponsoring Teachers: Bailey Appleton & Angela Gottesburen
Landon Surber – Lone Jack High School
Sponsoring Teachers: Bailey Appleton & Angela Gottesburen
Sponsors

Sandi and Ed Fried with additional generous support provided by members of the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education’s White Rose Society.

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