• Holocaust survivors writing inscription on title page of The Holocaust Chronicle
  • Holocaust survivor looks at artwork student created based on her video testimony
    Eva Brettler with student artist Taylor Ota
  • Natan and Fela Gipsman pose with middle school filmmaker Kimberley Sanchez
    Natan and Fela Gipsman with student filmmaker Kimberely Sanchez
  • Engelina Billauer signs Nicholas Franklyn's book
    Engelina Billauer with student filmmaker Nicholas Franklyn
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25th Annual Holocaust Art & Writing Contest

Answering the Call of Memory: Choosing to Act

Decorative: Contest PosterParticipating schools may submit a total of three entries (one entry per student) in any combination of the following categories: art, film, poetry, or prose.

Students will be eligible to win a first prize award of $400 in each category. Educators and schools will also be eligible to win a first prize of $200 each.

First-place student winners in the United States, their parents/
guardians, and teachers will be invited to participate in an expense-paid study trip June 24-28, 2024, to visit the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the Japanese American National Museum, and other sites in Los Angeles, as well as to meet with members of The 1939 Society, a community of Holocaust survivors, descendants, and friends.

Funding permitting, this year’s U.S. winning participants will be joined by first-place students living outside of the United States. In addition, first-place student entries will be posted on Chapman University’s contest website. 

Students awarded second prize in each category will receive $200 and their sponsoring educator and school will receive $100 each.

Celebrating 25 Years

The Holocaust Art & Writing Contest

Sponsored by

Chapman University
The 1939 Society
The Irving and Nancy Chase Endowment for Holocaust Education
The Samueli Foundation
Yossie and Dana Hollander

With support from

USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education
The Isidore and Penny Myers Foundation
The Jerry and Sally Schwartz Endowment for Holocaust Education
The Liner Family Foundation

In partnership with

Catholic Schools, Diocese of Orange
David Labkovski Project
Echoes & Reflections
Facing History and Ourselves
Holocaust Museum Los Angeles
Orange County Department of Education
South Carolina Council on the Holocaust

In collaboration with

Museum of Tolerance
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Chapman University

International Partners

Forum for Dialogue, Poland
Foundation for Genocide Education, Canada
Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre, South Africa
Memoria Viva Fundación, Chile
Museo del Holocausto, Guatemala
Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Centre, Canada

Important Dates

Educator Workshops
December 5 @ 4:00 PM

Entry Postmark Date:
February 2, 2024

Digital Submission due date:
February 5, 2024

Awards Ceremony
March 15, 2024

23-24 Contest

Download the 23-24 contest brochure with inspiration, prompt and submission information.

Download the 23-24 Educator's Guide with judging rubrics, common core connections and frequently asked questions about the contest.

Music for Films!

We are grateful to the Orange County Klezmers for making available at no cost to registered participants musical selections from their album Echoes of Vilna. These tracks may only be used for projects created for the Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.

Request link to preview or download songs