Student Holocaust Writing, Art and Multi-media Contest

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation is inviting students in grades 7-12 in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, and Western Pennsylvania, to enter its annual Holocaust writing, art, and multi-media contest, a project held in conjunction with Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day).

To be commemorated this academic year on Thursday, April 28, 2022, Yom Hashoah is an internationally recognized day set aside for remembering all victims of the Holocaust and for reminding society of what can happen to civilized people when bigotry, hatred, and indifference reign.

The theme for this year’s contest relates to the Wannsee Conference, a 90-minute meeting in January 1942 that was attended by 15 high ranking Nazi party and German government officials and convened to discuss and coordinate the implementation of the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question,” a previously approved plan to deport and exterminate some 11 million Jews throughout Nazi-occupied Europe and beyond.

Appropriate contest submissions MUST relate to the historical analyses of the Wannsee Conference. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: the ethics of genocide; the equality or not of guilt between perpetrators and bystanders; the role of government and the rule of law in the implementation of mass atrocities; or how the use of milder language in place of that considered to be too harsh or blunt (euphemisms) contributed to the Nazi plan to exterminate the Jewish people.

CLICK HERE for the full contest guidelines.

The deadline is Friday, April 1, 2022. Submissions may be emailed to Nancy Sentelik at the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, nsentelik@jewishyoungstown.org. Presentation of contest awards will be made during the Community Yom Hashoah Commemoration Ceremony at Noon on Thursday, April 28, 2022, at the Mahoning County Courthouse. Contact the Jewish Community Relations Council at 330.746.3250 ext. 108 for further information.


Last year's winners are:

Poetry:
Grades 7-8

Jerome Straughter, Akiva Academy, First Place
Rachel Spalding, Austintown Middle School, Second Place
Hoda Mahone, Akiva Academy, Honorable Mention

Grades 11-12
Lainey Beichner, Boardman High School, First Place
Amelia Sapienza, Boardman High School, Second Place

Essay:
Grades 7-8

Jordan Billups, Akiva Academy, First Place

Grades 9-10

William Oyler, Boardman High School, First Place
Dylan Barrett, Boardman High School, Second Place

Grades 11-12
Daniel Chiaberta, Boardman High School, First Place

Art:
Grades 7-8

Selah Sargent, Akiva Academy, First Place
Addison Silverman, Akiva Academy, Second Place
Cameron Silverman, Akiva Academy, Honorable Mention

Grades 9-10
Bianca Gancarz, Jackson Milton, First Place

Grades 11-12
Hayley Ho, Boardman High School, First Place
Louis Weiss, Great Rivers Connections Academy, Second Place

Media:
Grades 11-12

Tyler Richards, Boardman High School

The JCRC, the public affairs department of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, represents the Jewish communities of Mahoning and Trumbull Counties and of the Shenango Valley. Its mandate is to protect, preserve, and promote a just, democratic and pluralistic American society, and to safeguard the rights of Jews here, in Israel, and around the world.

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