Foundation for the History of Totalitarianism

History essay prize 2021/22


The 2021-22 essay prize was on the Stasi, the secret police in East Germany. 

Still from the film "The Lives of Others"

1st William Powell, St John Rigby College, Greater Manchester

2nd Sophie Moody-Stuart, Benenden School, Kent

3rd Mathieu Yap, King’s College Wimbledon, London

Highly commended:

Nye Steele, D’Overbroecks, Oxford

James Wellings, Haberdashers’ Boys’ School, Borehamwood

Jemima McDuell, Newstead Wood School, Orpington

Olivia Stephens, Colchester County High School for Girls

Saskia Edwards, King’s College Wimbledon, London

Chloe Lam, Cheltenham Ladies’ College


George Thomas, Tonbridge School

Conrad Chung, Abingdon School

Andrew Sergeef, Tonbridge School

Henry Collins, Tonbridge School

Max Lee, Highgate School

Yusuf Khand, The Liverpool Bluecoat School

Ethan Penny, The Blue Coat School, Oldham

Congratulations to all who completed their essays. To have done that is an achievement in itself.

The awards ceremony took place at the Athenaeum Club in London in the late afternoon of 4th May, 2022. 

The essays were anonymised before the judges saw them. The judges did not know who wrote the essays or which school they attended. This was to prevent any unconscious bias. The judges included the director of the Stasi Museum in Berlin.

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