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
To read Urszula's essay and see the photo she submitted click
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
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: