2017 Holocaust Art and Essay Contest

All 6-12 students in Tennessee and the Mid-South are invited to participate in Memphis Jewish Federation’s 8th Annual Holocaust Art and Essay Competition.


Students in grades 6-8 are invited to submit artwork, and students in grades 9-12 are invited to submit essays, on this year’s theme of Degradation and Dehumanization: The Nazi Assault on Human Dignity. Students should address the theme of dehumanization of Holocaust victims. Suggested topics to consider: the portrayal of Jews as rats, dogs, parasites, etc in Nazi propaganda; dehumanization of Jews and other victims as a coping mechanism that enabled Nazi soldiers to carry out the work of extermination; the Nazi obsession with racial purity; Nazi medical experimentation “for the greater good”; Nazi ideology asserting that Jews posed a serious threat to German society; Nazi exploitation of victims for “labor” that had no purpose; Nazi torture of victims for the sole purpose of entertainment; and stories of Holocaust survivors who maintained a sense of fundamental humanity and self-worth throughout the war.


Cash prizes for top winners in each category sponsored by the Tennessee Holocaust Commissioners from Memphis and their spouses: Allen and Eileen Exelbierd, Jack and Marilyn Belz, Jan and Andy Groveman, Josh and Joanna Lipman, and Leonid and Friderica Saharovici. All entries are due by the close of business, Thursday, March 23, 2017.


Click here  for complete guidelines for art contest. Click here for complete guidelines for essay contest.


For more information, please contact Gila Golder, ggolder@jcpmemphis.org

2016 winners

JJ Kampf, Essay Contest Winner- An Open Letter to Holocaust Denier David Irving

Jehiely Garcia, Art Contest Winner- Confronting Holocaust Denial