Holocaust Arts Competition Open for Student Submissions


Delaware Valley area students are invited to learn about and respond to the Holocaust through a creative arts competition.


Students in grades 7 through 12 from Delaware Valley public, private and parochial schools are encouraged to learn about and respond to the Holocaust by means of creative expression.

Now in its 41st year, the Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition pays tribute to the memory of the young Polish Jew who led the Jewish uprising against Nazi tyranny in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943.

Entries should focus on one of the following themes, which encourage students to view the Holocaust through a broad perspective, reflecting upon its lessons in terms of their relevance to contemporary social and political issues:

• Cultural resistance: art, music, ­poetry and education
• The experiences of children
• Life and resistance in the ghetto
• Life and resistance in the concentration camps
• Communities of conscience: rescue during the Holocaust
• The world watched in silence
• Liberation and its aftermath
• Are you your brothers’ keeper?


• Creative Writing — Essays, short stories, poems or dramatic scripts.
• Music — Original vocal or instrumental work written for solo, ensemble, band or orchestral presentation.
• Visual Arts — Artwork in any medium, including painting, sculpture, prints, photography, film & digital media.
• Creative Dance — Solo or group performances


For detailed entry requirements, resources, accepted formats and the online entry form, go to: www.jewishphilly.org/holocaust. Each student must submit an individual online entry form, even for collaborative entries.

For general information, contact Beth Razin at 215-832-0536 or email: [email protected]

For Holocaust education consultation, contact Josey Fisher at 215-832-0862 or email: [email protected] Fisher is available to support your curriculum, answer questions and recommend age-appropriate resources/materials for your classes.

Deadline for all entries is March 7.

Gift cards will be awarded to winners in three grade groupings: 7th/8th, 9th/10th and 11th/12th.

All entrants receive a certificate honoring their participation, and visual art entries are eligible for inclusion in the exhibition May 29 to June 12. The awards ceremony will be held on June 2. Both exhibition and ceremony take place at Moore College of Art & Design.

The creative arts competition and exhibition is sponsored by: The Memorial Committee for the Six Million Jewish Martyrs of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia; the Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors; Blank Rome LLC; Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors Association of Philadelphia; Sons and Daughters of Holocaust Survivors; The Samuel Pelta Holocaust Education Endowment Fund; the firm of Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner, Weinstock and Dodig; and Moore College of Art & Design.


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