Posted on 11/11/2015 at 03:39 PM by Blog Experts
Middle school and high school students in public, private, and parochial schools are invited to participate in the 17th annual Holocaust art and writing contest. The contest affords students the opportunity to share their creative works in response to Holocaust survivors’ oral testimonies. Entries must be postmarked by February 3, 2016. Digital submissions are due February 5, 2016. An awards ceremony will be held March 4, 2016. First place winners in each category will receive $500 and second place winners will receive $300.
Students may enter artwork, a poem, prose, or film. Each category has specific entry criteria, but all entries must “reflect genuine engagement with the survivors’ or rescuers’ testimonies in its historical context and constitute a thoughtful and creative response” (http://chapma.nu/1HIu86E). Elie Wiesel wrote, “When you listen to a witness, you become a witness”. Students can listen to survivors’ or rescuers’ testimonies at one of the following three places: http://chapma.nu/1ROOxwA, http://www.the1939society.org/, or https://www.youtube.com/user/USCShoahFoundation. For non-English speaking students, they can listen to the testimonies on the last site in their own language.
Prior to creating their work for the contest, students can learn more about the Holocaust (see Social Studies blog for December 2015) and how art played a role in the Holocaust. Students can study artwork that the Nazis destroyed, or that were destroyed by World War II. Students can also study the artworks that were stolen by the Nazis, and why some of what was stolen is only resurfacing, now. Some of what has been found are works by famous artists such as Matisse and Van Gogh. In his younger years, Hitler viewed himself as an artist. Twenty-five of his paintings can be found here: http://sobadsogood.com/2013/07/22/25-rarely-seen-artworks-painted-by-adolf-hitler/.