Student Art, Writing & Video Contest to Examine the Holocaust
Through the Eyes of Its Youngest Victims

HOUSTON, TX (Dec. 17, 2008) – Students across Texas will have an opportunity to learn about the Holocaust and its impact on the youngest victims during the 2009 Yom HaShoah Statewide Art, Writing and Video Contest.

The contest is held annually to help middle and high-school students across Texas learn more about the atrocities of the Holocaust during World War II and is timed to coincide with the international commemoration of Yom HaShoah, a day of remembrance for the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust.

Some of the winners are expected to be on hand at 7 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2009, during Houston’s citywide Yom HaShoah ceremony at Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 N. Braeswood Blvd.

Yom HaShoah corresponds annually to the historical beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943.

As part of this year’s contests, students are invited to submit art projects, videos and essays reflecting the theme “The Holocaust Through the Eyes of Its Youngest Victims.”

The children and youth victimized during the Holocaust were some of the most vulnerable of the powerless victims. Students are encouraged to explore and respond to the experiences of these children and youth in artistic and creative ways. Potential themes might focus on children and youths who were enslaved in the labor camps, imprisoned in the ghettos, hidden in forests and in private Christian homes or targeted for death at the hands of the Nazis.

Within the context of the Holocaust (but not isolated or separately), students may also wish to research and respond to the experiences of child victims of other genocides, such as those in Rwanda, Darfur, Cambodia and Bosnia.

First, second and third-place awards will be given for the best art, writing and video project in both the middle and high school divisions. First-place winners will receive $100, second-place winners $75 and third-place winners $50.

Entries will be judged by a committee of educators, professionals and Museum members on adherence to the theme, historical representation, creativity and presentation.

The competition is sponsored by the Texas Coalition for Holocaust Education, which includes Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, The El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center, The Holocaust Memorial of San Antonio, Holocaust Museum Houston, Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, and the North Texas/Oklahoma and Southwest Regional Offices of the Anti-Defamation League.

Entries for the writing portion of the contest must be submitted by March 10, 2009 to the The El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center Education Department, 715 N. Oregon, El Paso, TX 79902.

Video entries are due by March 10 and should be submitted to Holocaust Museum Houston, Education Department, 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004.

Art entries are due by March 27 and should be submitted to the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, Education Department, 211 N. Record St., Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75202-3361.

All writing, art and video entries become the property of the Texas Coalition for Holocaust Education and may be reproduced or used for educational purposes at the discretion of its members.

The competition has been generously underwritten by The Houston Council of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Second Generation; Houston Endowment, Inc.; and the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.

Visit http://www.hmh.org/ed_contests.asp for complete contest details and submission guidelines.