The Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education of North Carolina 
Holocaust Speakers Bureau 

 Holocaust Commemoration Poster Competition
For North Carolina Middle and High School Students

The 2018 poster theme is DEFIANCE—Unarmed Resistance During the Holocaust

This poster competition is open to all North Carolina middle and high school students. The goal of this contest is to encourage students to learn about spiritual resistance, cultural resistance, and political activism during the Holocaust. Whether observing a religious holiday in a concentration camp, transporting a child on a bicycle so she could hide in a Christian home, or sharing recipes to keep spirits bolstered while starving in the woods, Jews and other victims of the Nazis remained hopeful and believed in the future.

Prizes will be awarded in two categories: middle school and high school. In each category, we will award a 1st prize of $150, 2nd prize of $75, and honorable mention of $50. Entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form and an essay of approximately 125 words describing why the poster is relevant to the theme. The deadline for poster submissions is January 15, 2018.

Winners will be announced on March 1, 2018. Prizes will be awarded at the annual Holocaust commemoration held in Durham, NC, on April 15, 2018. Winning posters and accompanying essays will be displayed at the commemoration. Winners must receive their prizes in person at the commemoration.
                                                                                                                Download an entry form (includes specifications and guidelines).

                                                                                                                Help us promote the contest by downloading a printable flier.

                                                                                                                For resources on resistance during the Holocaust, click here.

The Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay Contest 

The Holocaust Remembrance Project is a national essay contest for high school students and is designed to encourage and promote the study of the Holocaust. Scholarships are awarded to top winning essayists, ranging from $2,500 to $5,000. Second and Third Place winners receive cash prizes of $500 and $250. See the Holocaust Remembrance Project website for more information.

Essay and Poster Contests

The Penny Daum Aldrich Annual Holocaust Essay Contest

This Holocaust essay writing contest, held annually for high school students in the Durham and Chapel Hill communities, is meant to inspire students to learn about the Holocaust and to think about its implications in their lives and their world.

First and second place winners receive a monetary prize (1st Prize ~ $250, 2nd Prize ~ $125). The Jewish Community Foundation of the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation is proud to announce the winners of its annual Holocaust Remembrance Essay Contest. The winners of the essay contest are recognized and awarded their prizes each spring at the Annual Yom HaShoah Holocaust Memorial Service.

2018 Essay Topic: Understanding the Holocaust: Why is it Relevant Today?
Deadline to submit final essay is February 1, 2018

Essay Guidelines:
Student essays will be judged on content rather than style and should demonstrate:
   -- Historical knowledge and thoughtful learning about the Holocaust
   -- Ability to identify lessons learned from the Holocaust
   -- An understanding of the relevance of the Holocaust in today’s world
Formatting Requirements:
     Cover page should include: Essay title, name, email address, and phone number so they can be contacted if they are selected.
     Maximum of 1,200 words
     Times New Roman font, size 14, double spaced

The 2017 contest was dedicated to the memory of Elie Wiesel who was consulted by Penny Aldrich concerning the establishment of the fund. First place winner for 2017 is Anne Crabill, a student at Chapel Hill High School. Anne wrote about a relative who did not survive the Holocaust. The relative left a painting. Anne wonders about the artist and their legacy. Second place winner for 2017 is Sydney Dye, also a Chapel Hill High School student. Sydney wrote about the documentation of the Holocaust by the Shoah Foundation. You can read the winning 2017 essays on the topic The relevance of the Holocaust to my life here:
        -The Lentz, Anne Crabill
        -The Shoah Foundation:Documenting Tragedy and Inspiring Education, Sydney Dye