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

The 2020 poster theme is
Courage, Compassion and Hope: Lessons from 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 think about the acts of courage, compassion and hope performed during and after the Holocaust. Whether these acts were done by the victims themselves or others who chose to be “upstanders,”  they were prevalent  and surprisingly numerous despite extreme danger and risk.  Examples of courage, compassion and hope can include, but are certainly not limited to, joining a resistance organization, smuggling food into a ghetto, surrendering a child to strangers via the Kindertransport, observing religious traditions, rebuilding one’s life after being displaced, losing family members, or being stateless.

Prizes will be awarded in two categories: middle school and high school. In each category, we will award a 1st prize of $100, and 2nd prize of $75.
Entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form and an essay describing how the poster is relevant to the theme. The deadline for poster submissions is February 15, 2020.

Winners will be announced on March 15, 2020. Prizes will be awarded at the annual Holocaust commemoration in Durham, NC, on April 19, 2020. Winning posters and accompanying essays will be displayed at the commemoration. Winners will receive their prizes in person at the commemoration.


See here for a full list of our previous winning posters.  

If you have information on regional or national poster contests

relevant to our mission, please contact Sharon Halperin.

Poster Contests


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