Essay contest for teens on lessons learned from partisans

The Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation in San Francisco is sponsoring an essay contest this spring.

Students in 8th through 12th grades are eligible to submit a 300- to 500-word essay describing their reaction to the life lessons of the Jewish partisans — the men, women and children who joined organized, armed resistance groups during World War II.

Essays should also touch on one of three ideas: how young people can make a difference, why it’s important to stand up to oppression and prejudice, and why it is sometimes necessary to question authority.

Two first-place winners will win an iPod Touch loaded with JPEF short films and the movie “Defiance.” The educator whose student wins first place will also receive an iPod Touch. Second- and third-place winners will receive JPEF T-shirts and posters.

Essays are due May 10. Winners will be announced June 1.

Contact David Kaplan at (415) 563-2244 for information, or visit