HOUSTON, TX (Sept. 6, 2010) – In observance of Yom HaShoah, the international Holocaust commemoration day, the Texas Coalition for Holocaust Education is again sponsoring its annual statewide art, writing and video contest for middle and high school students.
The 2011 theme is "Holocaust Literature – Witness of the Past and Challenge for Today." Many literary works have been created to humanize the history of the Holocaust and to deepen society’s understanding of this event. These creations have included primary and secondary source writings, allowing people to consider the multitude of experiences during the Holocaust. Diaries, memoires, poetry, fiction and non-fiction works have all been created to develop understandings of the Holocaust. These works allow readers to consider the voices and perspectives of victims, bystanders, upstanders and perpetrators. Readers come to see the Holocaust as more than a series of statistics; instead, people will be able to translate this collective experience into individual voices.
In their entries, students should consider how a selected piece or pieces of Holocaust literature has helped them understand Holocaust experiences more clearly. Whether selecting one piece or comparing several pieces, students should depict in their entries how the literature has deepened their own and society’s understandings of the Holocaust and how the selection challenges us today.
Entries will be judged at specific sites by committees of educators, professionals and museum members. Judgment will be based on adherence to the theme, historical representation, creativity and presentation. Prizes will be awarded in two divisions: middle school (grades 6–8) and high school (grades 9–12), across three different entry types: art, writing and video.
Prizes of $100 will be award to the first-place winner, $75 to the second-place winner and $50 to the third-place winner.
Complete contest rules may be found on the Web sites of the museum that is judging that part of the contest. Entries not following the rules stated on the Web sites of each museum and/or not submitted by the appropriate deadline will be eliminated from the contest.
The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance will judge the art portion of the contest. Visit www.dallasholocaustmuseum.org for rules and entry requirements.
Holocaust Museum Houston will judge the video portion of the contest. Visit www.hmh.org for rules and entry requirements.
The El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center will judge the writing portion of the contest. Visit www.elpasoholocaustmuseum.org for those rules and entry requirements.
All art, writing and video entries must be received by the appropriate museum by Thursday, April 7, 2011. Entries become the property of the Texas Coalition for Holocaust Education and may be reproduced or used for educational purposes at the discretion of its members.
Members of the Texas Coalition for Holocaust Education include the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center and Holocaust Museum Houston.
The Yom HaShoah Art, Writing and Video Contest has been generously underwritten by The David Barg Endowment Fund, The Houston Council of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Second Generation, and the City of Dallas: Office of Cultural Affairs.
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.
Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.