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Play, storybook and poetry essay win Geifman Prize

June  18, 2014

A page from Erin Buscemi's storybook, "It All Started With a Star."

A play based on the life of a Rock Island woman, a children's storybook and an analysis of a famous poem's structure won the Geifman Prize in Holocaust Studies this academic year.

The Geifman Prize is an annual competition in which students submit essays, research papers, poems, plays, artwork or other creative expression. This year's theme was "A Response to the Holocaust."

The competition carries an award of up to $300.

First place went to senior Corey Richter for his essay, "Structure in Celan's 'Death Fugue': An Inquiry Into Dignity of Art." "Death Fugue" is a German language poem written by the Romanian poet Paul Celan and first published in 1948.

Two second-place awards were given. They went to sophomore Rowan Crow for her play "Another Someone," which involves the story of Esther Sochaczew of Rock Island, and first-year student Erin Buscemi for her children's illustrated storybook, "It All Started With a Star."

The winners were recognized in April at the Geifman Lecture in Holocaust Studies and at the Honors Breakfast in May.

The Geifman Endowment in Judaica was established by the late Gerry and Morris M. Geifman for the acquisition of materials in Judaic studies and culture, guest lecturers in Judaic studies and culture, and student awards or scholarships. This year's Geifman lecturer was Jeno Laszlo Berta.