• 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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24th Annual Holocaust Art & Writing Contest

The Strength of Love and the Will to Survive

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 19-23, 2023, 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. Please note that the study trip is contingent on whether COVID-19 restrictions and protocols are being observed.

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

Awards Ceremony (2022)

Now available on YouTube!

Winning Entries (2022)

Middle School


Tears Can Tell by Cocona Baba

Resilience and the Will to Live (statement) (film)
by Joshua Lieu

A Streak of Light in a Dark Sky by Leo Chang

Unwavering Essence, Unwavering Strength by Jacob Sprague


Hope in a Hayloft by Bethany Cheung

Facing the Morning (statement) (film)
by Michael Pham

A Camp Sister's Spirit by Gwyneth Morrell

Little Things Like That, We Did for Each Other by Logan Langrell

High School


Wisps of Hope, Flames of Resilience by Min Young Lee

The Sunflower by Ava Lazar (statement) (film)

Candle of Hope by Cayla Dembo

The Importance of Words by Katie Larson


Locks of Hope by Alexa Yam

Evertyhing Changed by Natalia Kłyż (statement) (film)

Hate Will Never Win by Maile Fowler

A Woman of Valor by Sara Lebowitz

Outstanding International Participants (2022)

Outstanding International Student
Natalia Kłyż

Outstanding International Educator
Beata Chrudzimska

Outstanding International School
XVII Liceum Ogólnokształcące z Oddziałami Dwujęzycznymi im. Andrzeja Frycza Modrzewskiego in Warsaw, Poland

Online Submission Form

The online submission form is replacing the official cover sheet.

Regardless of method of delivery (online or hard copy), please use this form for each of your students' entries.

Important Dates

Entry Postmark Date:
February 1, 2023

Digital Submission due date:
February 3, 2023

Awards Ceremony
March 10, 2023

22-23 Contest

Download the 22-23 contest brochure with inspiration, prompt and submission information.

Download the 22-23 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