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On the morning of June 10, 2002, all children at the Jan Kochanowski Gimnazjum No 1 in Wielkie Oczy attended a special meeting dedicated to the winners of the 2002 essay contest.

The winners are ...

Urszula Kaciuba was awarded 1st place honors and a prize of 300 zloty for her essay entitled Polish-Jewish-Ukrainian Relations in Wielkie Oczy. She also submitted a photo taken in the 1930s. In the photo we can see a group of Christian children, and in the background the "new" synagogue and behind it, a fragment of the old Beit Ha-Midrash, which no longer exists.
To read Urszula's essay and see the photo she submitted click here:

Magda Knap was awarded 2nd place honors and a prize of 200 zloty for her essay entitled The History of Jews of Wielkie Oczy as Seen through Polish Eyes.
To read Magda's essay click here:
Anita Kracyla was awarded 3rd place honors and a prize of 100 zloty for her essay entitled: The Historic Outline of the Jewish Culture in Wielkie Oczy Between the Wars. Along with her essay, Anita also submitted a color picture of the  synagogue painted by her. For her painting, Anita received the book An Artist Manual: Drawing and Painting, Techniques and Materials
To read Anita's essay and see the painting she submitted click here:
HonMention A Special Mention award of a set of artist oil paints was given to Barbara Kociolek for her submission of a black and white drawing of the Wilkie Oczy synagogue.

The contest was by all accounts a great success. A standard of excellence for future participants was set by all those who participated in this, the first annual essay contest.

If you don't already have Adobe's Acrobat Reader software, you will need to download it and install it in order to read the prize winning essays. Most PCs have this software installed. If you need to download and install it, begin the process here:

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