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17th Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

17th Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

Schools are invited to participate in the 17th Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest. Engaging and mentoring students in studying the Holocaust and in grappling with its meaning and lessons for today is a vital part of the mission of the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education.

In partnership with The 1939 Society, one of the largest and most active Holocaust survivor organizations in the United States, and with the support of the Samueli Foundation, Dana and Yossie Hollander and others, the Rodgers Center annually sponsors an art and writing contest for middle and high school students.

Focusing on themes central both to the Holocaust and to ethical decision making in our world today, the contest gives students from public, private and parochial schools the opportunity to share their creative  works in response to survivors’ oral testimonies.

Representatives and educators from each school attend the awards ceremony where they meet Holocaust survivors.


A story about testimonies form holocaust survivors


Chapman University & Barry and Phyllis Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education


First Prize: award of $500. Educators shall receive $250

Second Prize: award of $300. Educators shall receive $150


Entry Postmark Date: February 3, 2016

Digital Submission due date: February 5, 2016


  • Entries must be submitted with a cover sheet (printable or fillable form). Please do not staple, tape or otherwise attach the cover sheet to the entry.
  • Entries must reflect genuine engagement with the survivor’s or rescuer’s testimony in its historical context and constitute a thoughtful and creative response.
  • Entries must be based on a survivor’s or rescuer’s testimony available from one of the following sources:Entries that do not follow the criteria will be disqualified.
  • Entries must be titled.
  • Entries must be word-processed.
  • Entries must not include reference to student or school name.
  • Students should include the name of the survivor or rescuer about whom the entry is written.
  • Entries may not exceed one page: Times New Roman 12, 1” margins, single spaced
  • Entries that do not follow the criteria will be disqualified.
  • Download the new resource guide for access to judging rubrics, common core connections and frequently asked questions about the contest.
  • Register school here
  • Reminder: Each entry must have a cover sheet
  • First-place student winners, their parents/guardians and teachers will be invited to participate in an afternoon conversation followed by a special event dinner in Los Angeles with 1939 Society members who are survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust.
  • Transportation costs will be covered for those participating locally and transportation and two nights at a hotel for those participating nationally.
  • When possible, students and teachers from outside of the United States will be Skyped in for the conversation. The date for the conversation and dinner will be scheduled for the latter part of June 2016.


For any other questions, contact Jessica MyLymuk at the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education at Chapman University at or at (714) 628-7377


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