In 2014, Germany Close Up ran its third alumni essay competition. Alumni were asked to submit a 2000 word essay on the topic of 'My Own Private Germany: Conflicts, Confusion, Conclusions.'
The judging panel comprised seven individuals: Dr. Dagmar Pruin, Germany Close Up Program Director; Susanne Kleinpoppen, Ministry for Economics and Technology; Henning Speck, Chief of Staff, Office of the Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation, Federal Foreign Office; Dr. Hermann Simon, Director, New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum Foundation; Dr. Irit Dekel, Lecturer for Sociology at the Humboldt University, Berlin and Bard College, Berlin; Hildegart Stellmacher, Board Member, Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste e.V.; Prof. Dr. Karin Johnston, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC.
First place was awarded to Avi Colonomos, second place to Will Trichon, and third place to David Puterman. Their essays can be found below.