Holocaust Writing & Art Contest

The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC), and the Jewish Museum Milwaukee are proud to partner each year on a contest that encourages middle and high school aged students to draw lessons from the Holocaust. This contest is generously sponsored by the Habush Family Foundation.

PROMPT: Choose a current issue today and explain how your study of the Holocaust has given you new insight or perspective into it. You may choose any current event or issue, but suggestions include: the pandemic, immigration, the plight of refugees, the democratic system, minority representation, prejudice, and civic participation.

*Only accepting applicants from Wisconsin schools.

Original writing or art entry may be one of the following:


Poetry (single poem or collection of poems, not to exceed 3 pages, single spaced)

Short story

Film/video (maximum lengths: 5 minutes)

Visual art (painting, drawing, collage, etc.)

Past Winning Submissions






Some of the materials for the Writing and Art contest have been adapted from Chapman University’s Holocaust Art and Writing Contest, presented by the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education, in partnership with The 1939 Society.  We are grateful for their support and collaboration.