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Celebrating Life: 2022 Holocaust Writing, Art, and Film Contest

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Thank you to everyone who entered the contest!

The Holocaust Writing, Art, and Film Contest challenges students to explore the history and stories of the Holocaust.  This contest is presented in memory of Jacob Friedman. 

Open to students in grades 5-12 from Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska.  

Over 30 prizes awarded in different categories: First Prizes: $200 | Second Prizes: $100 | Third Prizes: $50  

Contest Prompts:

Choose one of the options below. (Students may enter more than one category -- but they can only win in one category.)

Option 1: Art, Film, & Creative Writing 

"Being alive, it is a gift.  I use it, I love it, I am a happy person [but] with a memory I can never forget." -Noémi Ban, Holocaust survivor. 1922-2019
The lives of Holocaust victims who perished, and those who survived, are too often defined by their Holocaust experiences alone.  The Jews of Europe, however, led diverse and vibrant lives before the Holocaust era (1933-45) -- and survivors persevered post-war to raise families, continue their education, and contribute meaningfully in so many ways, living full lives.  

With fiction/story, poetry, or expository WRITING; visual ART; or a short FILM of your own creation, convey how a Holocaust survivor’s* post-war life experiences demonstrate the “gift of being alive." 

*Use one or more entries in the Survivor Encyclopedia: Washington State and/or the story of a survivor about whom you have learned in your class to inform your entry.

Option 2: Argumentative Writing

Next fall (fall 2022), the Holocaust Center for Humanity is required to submit its recommendation to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in the state of Washington regarding whether instruction about the Holocaust should be required in public schools, and if so, in which grades. 
The current law, which “strongly encourages” teaching about the Holocaust, indicates that, “The studying of this material is intended to: Examine the ramifications of prejudice, racism, and intolerance; prepare students to be responsible citizens in a pluralistic democracy; and be a reaffirmation of the commitment of free peoples never again to permit such occurrences.”

In a cohesive paper, write a letter to the legislature arguing in favor of mandating (requiring) Holocaust education in Washington State schools.  Use one or more entries in the Survivor Encyclopedia: Washington State, and/or the life story of a survivor about whom you have learned in your class, as well as at least one of the sources provided to inform your entry.


Prizes & Categories:

Entries will be judged in the following groups. Winners will be identified in each group.

Argumentative Writing: 5th/6th | 7th/8th | High School

Creative Writing: 5th/6th | 7th/8th | High School

Art: 5th/6th | 7th/8th | High School 

Film 5th-8th grade | 9th-12th grade

First Prizes - $200 | Second Prizes - $100 | Third Prizes - $50 

Winning entries will be displayed at the Holocaust Center, at events, and in publications throughout the year. Winners will be announced in June 2022.  


See the 2021 WinnersSee the 2020 Winners | 2019 Winners