The 23rd Annual Siegelbaum
Literary & Visual Arts Competition
The Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education is proud to announce the 23rd Annual Siegelbaum Literary and Visual Arts Competition for 2019. The theme for this school year's competition is: Resistance: Sketches of Courage. The objectives of the competition are to increase awareness of the Holocaust, to highlight different forms of resistance and bravery, and to inform students of their own abilities to show moral courage in the face of injustice.
We are grateful for the generosity of Judy Siegelbaum, who established this competition in memory of her husband, Dr. Harold Siegelbaum, whose vision helped found the Museum.
The competition has three separate categories—prose, poetry, and visual arts. Entries will be judged in two separate divisions: one for students in grades six through eight, and the other for students in grades nine through twelve.
Each category and division will award First, Second, and Third places with gift cards. The submitting teacher of each first prize winning student will also receive a $100 gift card to spend for their classroom (one per teacher). Work will be judged by an experienced group of educators.
The deadline for submission of entries is Monday, May 6, 2019. Winners will be announced on June 6, 2019. We will host a reception and awards ceremony on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the Museum, located on the campus of Rockland Community College. Winners, teachers, principals, family, and friends will be invited to attend.
We look forward to working with you and hope you will encourage your students to enter the Siegelbaum Literary and Visual Arts Competition of 2019! The guidelines, entry forms and all instructions for the competition are available below.
Please feel free to contact the Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
The Siegelbaum Literary and Visual Arts Competition
Contest Guidelines 2019
- All entries must relate to the contest theme: Resistance: Sketches of Courage.
- All entries must be accompanied by a completed Siegelbaum Literary & Visual Arts Competition Entry Form. If the entry was created by a group, there must be a completed entry form for each and every student who participated in it. Entrant's name and school must NOT appear on the entry itself.
- Entries must fall into one of the following categories: prose, poetry, or visual arts.
- All entries submitted must be original and unpublished. No revisions will be accepted once an entry is received.
- By entering the Siegelbaum Literary and Visual Arts Competition, permission is hereby granted by participants and their parents/guardians to allow the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education to use their names and submissions in print or internet form.
- All prose entries must be in 12 point type, double spaced, and must be limited to 500 words.
- All poetry entries must be in 12 point type and double spaced.
- Submissions will be accepted electronically and via mail.
- Artwork must NOT be matted or framed.
- 3-D art must be able to be placed on a stand without support, or support must be provided.
- We are unable to accept video presentations.
- All entries must be submitted to the Museum no later than Monday, May 6, 2019, at 5:00 pm. There are no exceptions.
- Entries will be judged by middle school and high school divisions in three categories: prose, poetry, and visual arts. Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category.
- Winners will be notified on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
- Winners will be recognized at an award ceremony to be held on Thursday, June 13, 2019. All winners are expected to attend.
- All entries may be picked up beginning June 18, 2019. Entries which have not been claimed by July 20, 2019 become the property of the Museum.
- Any submission which falls outside the guidelines or theme of this competition cannot be accepted as an entry into the Siegelbaum Competition.
Inquiries and submissions may be directed to Brandon Moye at:
If you have not already, download an entry form.
It is preferred to submit literary entries with your entry form as attachments to the email address above, however, mailed or drop off submissions to the address below will also be accepted. Art entries and their accompanying entry forms may be mailed or brought directly to:Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education
Rockland Community College
145 College Road
Library, Room 4110
Suffern, NY 10901
The Courage to Fight
The Warsaw Ghetto was created in October 1940 to separate Polish Jews from their non-Jewish neighbors. Inside the ghetto, Jews were forced to live in terrible conditions such as starvation, tilth, and despair. As Germans attempted to deport the last ghetto prisoners to Auschwitz, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising began in April 7943. Ghetto fighters bravely fought German guards with smuggled weapons and held them off for a month. In the end, the uprising was unsuccessful, but it did inspire other acts of courage throughout Poland. A massive wall once separated the ghetto from the rest of the city. These bricks from the wall can be seen as a symbol of the destruction of oppression and forced isolation. They continue to serve as a stark reminder of the power of courage.
Donated by Rita Znamirowski
The Courage to Rescue
Perhaps the most famous Holocaust rescuer, Oskar Schindler, was a German businessman who used his money, influence, and connections, to keep Jewish workers in his factory alive. The names of over 1,000 Jews were added to a list of workers who were to be transferred to a new factory, outside of the Plaszow concentration camp near Krakow, Poland. This transfer saved their lives and protected them throughout the war. Schindler drew upon his convictions and moral courage to defy the Nazis. He refused to hand over his Jewish workers and never gave in to Nazi pressure mounting against him. Though just paper, this list serves as a symbol of courage because it shows that daring and compassionate actions of one person can result in saving many lives.
Donated by Helen and Kuba Bech
The Courage to Start Anew
Bertel and Wilhelm Muller were German Jews who saw the threat the Nazis posed and knew they must escape. The Nazis' harmful intentions toward Jews were made clear even before Hitler became chancellor in 1933 and escalated quickly. The Nuremberg Laws of 1935 devastated German-Jewish communities. These laws isolated Jews, stripped them of citizenship, and forced many out of work. The Mullers and their daughter Sonja defied Nazi persecution by having the courage to leave their homes and start a new life in another country. They were lucky to get visas to come live in the United States in 1940 as refugees. Their suitcases are a reminder that courage comes in many forms, including the refusal to submit and having the determination to flee, risking everything in order to survive.
Donated by Sonja Cooper
Inspired by the artifacts, create a two or three dimensional piece of art in response to this year’s theme: Resistance: Sketches of Courage..
Guidelines for Art Submissions:
- A completed entry form (copy) must be attached to your work.
- A completed entry form must also be submitted electronically to email@example.com.
- You must title your entry AND have that title appear on both the artwork and the entry form. Your name and school must not appear on the entry itself.
- Your submission must be accompanied by two or three sentences of how your work is a response to artifacts and addresses the theme of Resistance: Sketches of Courage.
- All submissions must be your original work.
- You may use any medium or combination of media.
- Fixative spray must be applied to charcoal, pencil, pastel, and chalk art.
- Artwork must not be matted of framed.
- Copying other artists' works is not allowed.
- Submissions will be judge anonymously. Your name, grade, school, teacher’s name should appear only on the entry form to which your work is attached.
Informed, thoughtful, creative response to the topic.
Inspired by the artifacts, create a poem, piece of prose or composition in response to this year’s theme: Resistance: Sketches of Courage.
Guidelines for Literature Submissions:
- A completed entry form must be attached to your work.
- It is preferred to submit literary entries with your entry form as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org, however, mailed or drop off submissions will also be accepted.
- You must title your entry AND have that title appear on both your poetry/prose and the entry form. Your name and school must not appear on the entry itself.
- All submissions must be your original work.
- Submissions will be judged anonymously. Your name, grade, school, teacher’s name should appear only on the entry form to which your work is attached.