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The Holocaust: The Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition

The horrors of the Holocaust inspire grief and consternation. But they also inspire a need to remember those who perished. And, for many local middle and high school students, they inspire the need to tell the stories, to put pen to paper… fingers to keyboard… copper wire to clay.

Each year the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh provides an opportunity for middle school and high school students to explore the history of the Holocaust, research the facts and give form to their thoughts and feelings through a variety of mediums. The Center’s Waldman International Arts & Writing Competition, held each year at this time, engages hundreds of students – Jewish and non-Jewish – from public, private and parochial schools throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area.

Two levels – one for middle school students, the other for high school students – draw written entries in the form of poetry, short stories and art entries encompassing drawings, paintings, sculpture, mixed media, and even film (high school only).

Entries are judged on the basis of skill, originality and adherence to theme. Begun in 1985, the Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition is underwritten by the Hal K. and Diane Waldman Fund of the Jewish Federation Foundation.

Many local schools make the Waldman International Arts & Writing Competition part of their regular curricula, working with students to understand the issues related to the Holocaust, learn to do research and write pieces or create artwork that is innovative, compelling and a demonstration of their newfound knowledge.

However, students can enter the competition independent of their schools. For further information, please contact:

Jennie Pelled

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