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A journey in wordsFairfax student one of 10 winnersin Holocaust Remembrance Project
by Adam Levin

WJW Intern

When David Bae thinks about the Holocaust, he feels the collective weight of injustice all around the world.

A 17-year-old Fairfax resident, Bae was one of 10 first-place winners of law firm Holland and Knight’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Project. As a result, Bae spent the week of July 15 touring Washington, D.C., in the company of his fellow winners, seven Holocaust survivors and eight high school teachers. The weeklong event culminated on July 20 with a dinner banquet at the District’s Fairmont Hotel that featured a speech by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.

To qualify for their trip, Bae and his fellow participants tackled an essay topic: Analyze why it is vital for the lessons of the Holocaust to be passed to new generations and suggest what students can do to prevent prejudice, discrimination and violence in the world. In his essay, starkly titled “Indifference,” Bae, a rising senior at Woodson High School in September, wrote of the evils that abound when humanity turns a collective blind eye.