Holocaust Writing & Art Contest

The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC) 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: Antisemitism did not begin, nor did it end, with the Holocaust. Based on your knowledge of the Holocaust, what dangers do antisemitism and other forms of identity-based hate pose? In your opinion, what are the best ways to combat rising antisemitism today?

DEADLINE: April 3, 2023 at 11:59pm

*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‚Äôs 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.