The 22nd Annual Siegelbaum
Literary & Visual Arts Competition
The Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education is proud to announce the Siegelbaum Literary and Visual Arts Competition for the school year 2017-2018. The theme for this school year's competition is: Resilience: Responses During Tragedy. 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 May 3, 2018. Presentation of awards will take place during a ceremony on Thursday, June 14, 2018 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 2017-2018! 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.
The Siegelbaum Literary and Visual Arts Competition
Contest Guidelines 2017 - 2018
- All entries must relate to the contest theme: Resilience: Responses During Tragedy.
- All entries must be accompanied by a completed Siegelbaum Literary & Visual Arts Competition Entry Form. If the entry was created by a group, there must be a completed entry form for each and every student who participated in it. Entrant's name and school must NOT appear on the entry itself.
- Entries must fall into one of the following categories: prose, poetry, or visual arts.
- All entries submitted must be original and unpublished. No revisions will be accepted once an entry is received.
- By entering the Siegelbaum Literary and Visual Arts Competition, permission is hereby granted by participants and their parents/guardians to allow the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education to use their names and submissions in print or internet form.
- All prose entries must be in 12 point type, double spaced, and must be limited to 500 words.
- All poetry entries must be in 12 point type and double spaced.
- Submissions will be accepted electronically and via mail.
- Artwork must NOT be matted or framed.
- 3-D art must be able to be placed on a stand without support, or support must be provided.
- We are unable to accept video presentations.
- All entries must be submitted to the Museum no later than Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 5:00 pm. There are no exceptions.
- Entries will be judged by middle school and high school divisions in three categories: prose, poetry, and visual arts. Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category.
- Winners will be notified on May 29, 2018.
- Winners will be recognized at an award ceremony to be held on Thursday, June 14, 2018. All winners are expected to attend.
- All entries may be picked up beginning June 18, 2018. Entries which have not been claimed by July 20, 2017 become the property of the Museum.
- Any submission which falls outside the guidelines or theme of this competition cannot be accepted as an entry into the Siegelbaum Competition.
Inquiries may be directed to Isabella Costa:
Entries may be submitted by email to:
If you have not already, download an entry form.
It is preferred to submit literary entries with your entry form as attachments to the email address above, however, mailed or drop off submissions to the address below will also be accepted. Art entries and their accompanying entry forms may be mailed or brought directly to:Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education
Rockland Community College
145 College Road, Suffern, NY 10901
A Child's Resilience
Twelve-year-old Irene Bejach, and her younger sister Helga, arrived in Great Britain in September 1939. Originally from Berlin, the Bejach sisters were two of the nearly 10,000 refugee children who fled Nazi Germany on a Kindertransport (Children's Transport) rescue mission between 1938 and 1940. They lived with the Attenborough family throughout the war and later moved to America to live with relatives after it was discovered that their parents had been murdered in the Holocaust. Irene's personal name tag and round luggage label speak of the unimaginable resilience of the Kindertransport children who, despite being separated from their parents, survived and thrived alone in a new world.
Gift of Irene (Bejach) Goudsmith
A Family's Resilience
This tiny blouse was made by Ida Schwartz in the Mauthausen Displaced Persons Camp in Austria in 1945, just weeks after her liberation by American troops. Twenty years old at the time, Ida weighed a mere 70 pounds, having survived the Plaszów concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Bergen-Belsen. Ida was skilled at sewing and used U.S. Army hospital bedsheets to create this shirt. After returning to her hometown of Tarnów, Poland and discovering that her family's hidden valuables had been long stolen, Ida immigrated to America with her husband and son in 1949. They brought with them this tattered blouse, a symbol of her resilience and determination to rebuild despite the horrors she had experienced.
Gift of Ida Schwartz
A Community's Resilience
The Neue Synagogue (New Synagogue), with the capacity to seat 3,000 people, was inaugurated in 1866 and was the largest synagogue in Germany at the time. It is also one of the only synagogues to survive the November Pogrom, also known as Kristallnacht, when it was attacked and set on fire in 1938. Police officer Wilhelm Krützfeld helped rescue the synagogue from being totally destroyed by blocking the SA and calling the fire department to help. Despite being heavily damaged during the war, and the main structure being demolished in 1958, the synagogue was reconstructed and continues to host Jewish services today. This prayer book was rescued during Kristallnacht and chronicles the story of the synagogue and its incredibly resilient community.
Gift of Irwin Sears
Inspired by the artifacts, create a two or three dimensional piece of art in response to this year’s theme: Resilience: Responses During Tragedy..
Guidelines for Art Submissions:
- A completed entry form (copy) must be attached to your work.
- A completed entry form must also be submitted electronically to email@example.com.
- You must title your entry AND have that title appear on both the artwork and the entry form. Your name and school must not appear on the entry itself.
- Your submission must be accompanied by two or three sentences of how your work is a response to artifacts and addresses the theme of Resilience: Response During Tragedy.
- All submissions must be your original work.
- You may use any medium or combination of media.
- Fixative spray must be applied to charcoal, pencil, pastel, and chalk art.
- Artwork must not be matted of framed.
- Copying other artist’s works is not allowed.
- Submissions will be judge anonymously. Your name, grade, school, teacher’s name) should appear only on the entry form to which your work is attached.
Informed, thoughtful, creative response to the topic.
Inspired by the artifacts, create a poem, piece of prose or composition in response to this year’s theme: Resilience: Responses During Tragedy.
Guidelines for Literature Submissions:
- A completed entry form must be attached to your work.
- It is preferred to submit literary entries with your entry form as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org, however, mailed or drop off submissions will also be accepted.
- You must title your entry AND have that title appear on both your poetry/prose and the entry form. Your name and school must not appear on the entry itself.
- All submissions must be your original work.
- Submissions will be judged anonymously. Your name, grade, school, teacher’s name should appear only on the entry form to which your work is attached.