The Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education is proud to announce the Siegelbaum Literary and Visual Arts Competition for the school year 2016-2017. The theme for this school year's competition is: The Power of The Immigrant Story. The objectives of the competition are to foster an awareness of the Holocaust, to provide students with an opportunity to consider the ways one person can make an impact on the world and to promote dialogue and respect among all people.
This competition has been established through the generosity of Judy Siegelbaum, in memory of her husband Dr. Harold Siegelbaum, whose vision helped found the Museum.
This year, the competition will be judged in three separate categories—prose, poetry and visual arts.
Entries will be judged in two separate divisions: one for students in grades six through eight, and the other for students in grades nine through twelve. First, Second and Third place will be awarded in each category, in each division. The submitting teacher of each first prize winning student will receive $100.00 to spend for their classroom (one per teacher). Work will be judged by a prominent group of teachers and professionals.
The deadline for submission of entries is March 21, 2017. Presentation of awards will take place during a ceremony on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Museum, located on the campus of Rockland Community College. The winners, teachers, principals, family and friends will be invited to attend.
We look forward to working with you and hope you will encourage your students to enter the Siegelbaum Literary and Visual Arts Competition of 2016-2017! The guidelines, entry forms and all instructions for the competition are available below.
Please feel free to contact the Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
As you listen and reflect on the testimonies from the six Holocaust survivors below, keep these prompts in mind as you prepare your entry for the competition.
Esther talks about her family's attempts to flee Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
Liesl discusses difficulty of Jewish immigration to America before and during World War II.
Esther talks about her being temporarily split apart from her family while emigrating to America.
Georgine describes her family's efforts to financially assist immigrants looking to flee Europe.
Herbert describes what happened to the St. Louis when it arrived in Cuba.
In 1939, when Vera was 11, she was escorted out of Czechoslovakia on the Kindertransport -- a rescue mission to save Jewish children. Here, she recalls how she came to join the transport.
Inquiries may be directed to Amy SaNogueira:
Entries may be submitted by email to:
If you have not already, download an entry form here.
Literature entries must be emailed along with the entry form as attachments to the email address above. Art entries and their accompanying entry forms may be mailed or brought directly to:Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education
Inspired by the words of the Holocaust survivors seen on the video clips below, from the USC Shoah Foundation, create a two or three dimensional piece of art in response to this year’s theme: The Power of the Immigrant Story..
Your submission must be accompanied by two or three sentences on how your work is a response to the survivors' testimony and addresses the theme of The Power of the Immigrant Story.
Informed, thoughtful, creative response to the topic.
Inspired by the words of the Holocaust survivors seen on the video clips below, from the USC Shoah Foundation, create a poem, piece of prose or composition in response to this year’s theme: The Power of the Immigrant Story.