Esther Farbstein, the director of the Holocaust Research Center at Jerusalem College and the program's architect, hopes that the contest would help high school students embrace their Jewish heritage much like the trips to Poland's concentration camps have done.
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Some 400 10th graders from dozens of schools across the country are slated to take part in the multi-part tournament. Its final round is to be held in April 2013, on the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
Participants will have to become experts not only on the annals of the battle but also on details pertaining to daily life at the ghetto, as well as notable figures and Jewish traditions observed during the Shoah.
If it manages to generate positive response, the pilot program is to be expanded to a larger number of schools the following year.
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