Liberation & Recovery: Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Nazi Death Camps


  1. Art contest open to all middle school students in TN and surrounding states.
  2. One entry per student.
  3. Entries may be in the form of a painting, drawing, diorama, collage or sculpture.
  4. Canvases may not exceed 4X4 feet.
  5. Entries must include an attachment with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, name of school and grade (Do not write name on front of artwork).
  6. Entries must be brought to the Memphis Jewish Federation office by the close of business on Thursday, March 5, 2020.  Please e-mail a digital photo of artwork along with a one-paragraph explanation including theme, message, meaning of the design, colors, composition, texture, materials used, etc. to HolocaustArtContest2020@gmail.com.
  7. Entries should explore the following topic: Liberation & Recovery: Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Nazi Death Camps.
  8. When thinking about this topic, you may wish to consider the following: How were the Nazi death camps liberated? What were the different reactions/responses of the U.S. and allied soldiers? How did the camp survivors move from liberation to recovery? What challenges did the survivors face during their recovery? Who was involved in helping the survivors after liberation? What was life like in a Displaced Persons (DP) camp? What was the response of the international community to the liberation and recovery?
  9. Suggested Resources: https://www.ushmm.org/search/results/?q=Liberation, https://www.yadvashem.org/search.html?val=Liberation&lang=en, https://www.facinghistory.org/holocaust-and-human-behavior/chapter-9/war-endedhttps://www.theholocaustexplained.org/survival-and-legacy/, https://sfi.usc.edu/liberation, https://archives.jdc.org/our-stories/1940s/, https://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/dp_camps/index.asp, https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/displaced-persons, https://www.facinghistory.org/universal-declaration-human-rights/eleanor-visits-displaced-persons-camps
  10. Judging will be based on the following criteria: originality, creativity, passion, message conveyed, connection to theme and usage of colors, symbols and proportions.
  11. First Place cash prize of $200; Second Place: $100; Third Place: $50. Gift cards for Honorable Mention. Contest awards provided by the Kaethe Mela Family Memorial Fund of the Jewish Foundation of Memphis. Kaethe, her husband Paul and their 17-year-old daughter Doris were murdered in Auschwitz.
  12. All artwork will be displayed at the Memphis Jewish Community Center (MJCC).
  13. A photo of the winning artwork will be published on the cover of the program for Memphis Jewish Federation’s annual community-wide Yom HaShoah/Holocaust observance on Tuesday evening, April 21, 2020 held at the MJCC. All winners will be publically recognized at the commemoration and will receive their cash awards immediately following the program.
  14. Winning artwork becomes the property of Memphis Jewish Federation. All other pieces may be picked up from the MJF office, May 1-8, 2020.  
  15. Memphis Jewish Federation is not responsible for any damage to artwork that may incur.


For questions and additional information, please contact Carrie Richardson at crichardson@jcpmemphis.org.