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The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, in cooperation with JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film

Forum, Classrooms Without Borders, and P2G: Partnership2Gether, presents:

2017 – 2018 Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition

Theme: Children in the Holocaust, 1933-1945

During the Holocaust, the Nazis and collaborators murdered approximately 1.5 million children, which included more than a million Jewish children, thousands of Romani (Gypsy) children, Polish children, German children with physical and mental disabilities, and children in the occupied parts of the Soviet Union.  The Nazis explained the murder of children “as part of the ‘racial struggle’ or as a measure of preventative security.”  According to the Claims Conference, Jewish Children Holocaust Survivors are defined as “Jewish Nazi victims who were persecuted as Jews and were born January 1, 1928 or later.”  Thus, this year’s theme includes all children in the Holocaust who were born January 1, 1928 or later.

The theme encompasses the experiences of all children, Jewish and non-Jewish, in: Nazi Germany, ghettos, killing centers, concentration and transit camps, and in occupied countries. Also included are experiences of children involved in resistance activities, such as smuggling food into ghettos. Also, this theme includes children who escaped with family members or on their own, some becoming refugees from Nazi Germany, those who escaped through the Kindertransport, and those living as hidden children under false identities. Projects must reflect research, and be historically accurate.


  1. Creative Writing
    1. Poetry:

-Any style (rhymed, unrhymed, etc.)

-Not to exceed 40 lines

  1. Flash Fiction:

-Journal entry or short story format

-Not to exceed 200 words

  1. Visual Arts
    1. Scale sculpture/mixed media/photography:

-Three-dimensional or bas relief

-Figural or abstract

-Composed of any material (wood, stone, metal, string, fired clay, fabric, plastic, resin, plaster, and fiberglass)

-Original work of art — NOT an art reproduction

*Use of historical photographs, without proper citation of the photograph source, will result in automatic disqualification.

*Each piece of Visual Arts submission MUST be accompanied by a one-paragraph “Artist Statement.”

  1. Short Film (High School ONLY)
    1. Narrative, documentary, animated

-Cannot exceed 10 minutes

-Must be in English or have English subtitles

-Films must adhere to theme

*Use of historical film footage without proper citation of the source of the film/photograph, will result in automatic disqualification.


  1. An entry form MUST accompany each entry.
  2. Entries must represent independent and original work of the writer/artist.
  3. All entries must include a Works Cited/Bibliography page with legitimate source.
    1. Wikipedia is NOT a legitimate source, and any entry with Wikipedia listed on the Works Cited/Bibliography page will be automatically disqualified.
    2. All Works Cited/Bibliography entries will be checked by Holocaust Center staff and judges prior to judging. Any entry found using an illegitimate source or copying directly from a source (plagerism) will be disqualified.
  4. Entries cannot be made with Photoshop or other digital manipulation software – Mixed media collages must be created by hand.
  5. No group projects accepted (only one writer/artist per entry).
  6. Projects that are not historically accurate, research based, or original will be disqualified.
  7. All parts of the entry must be typed, including:
    1. Entry forms
    2. Artist statements
    3. Works cited/bibliography


Middle School: 6th – 8th grades

High School: 9th – 12th grades


To Submit Entries:

Written Entries – Email written entries (MS Word/PDF only) with entry form to
-Google docs will not be accepted.

Visual Arts –

US entrants: Original artwork, artist statement, and entry form must be delivered to the Holocaust Center.

Israeli entrants: photos of original artwork, artist statement, and entry form must be emailed to (JPG only)

Short Film – Entries must be uploaded to:

(Registering a new account may be necessary. Registration is free. The title to the short film will be the only identifying information on Vimeo – DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON THE SHORT FILM ENTRY). Entry form (with name of entry and your name), link, and password must be emailed to: with a subject line of “Arts and Writing Submission.”

*Note: All works submitted as part of the Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition become property of the Holocaust Center upon submission. Non-winning entries can be returned to the entrant after the Awards Event. Please make arrangements by the last day of school to pick up your non-winning entry. You must give the Holocaust Center 24-hour-notice before picking up your entry.

Entry Deadline for All Entries – Jan 3, 2018 at 3 pm

No Entries will be accepted past this date/time.

Judging: from January 3 – 25, 2018 (US and Israel). Winners notified Monday January 29, 2018.

-Note: If a student places in two or more categories, the Judges reserve the right to deny a placement to allow other students a placement.

-There is no guarantee of a winner in any category.



-Awards may be given to the first, second, and third place levels in all categories.

-Scholarship prize awards to Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition winners are to be used specifically to further formal Holocaust and Arts Education in an organized class.

-There will be an Awards Event for all winners, including first and second place Israeli winners (details to follow closer to date.)


About our Partners:


The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh inspires engagement with Holocaust history and connects it to today. The Center’s programs and exhibitions help to heighten public awareness, honor survivors, and keep memories alive. The Holocaust Center is an affiliated organization of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. For information about Holocaust Center programs, visit


Partnership2Gether (P2G), formerly known as Partnership 2000, is a sister-city partnership linking the Pittsburgh Jewish community to the community in the Karmiel/Misgav region of Israel, in the Central Galilee area. Coordinated locally by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and supported by the Federation’s Annual Campaign, P2G is a joint program of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish Federations of North America. Since 1995, the partnership has created numerous opportunities to build relationships between Pittsburghers and Israelis. P2G programs are evaluated and approved each year by a joint steering committee consisting of members from Pittsburgh and Karmiel/Misgav. For more information, please contact Debbie Swartz: 412.992.5208 or


Teen Screen/JFILM To enhance your Holocaust unit, we encourage you to attend JFilm’s Teen Screen program which presents free Holocaust-related films for middle and high school students at the South Side Works Cinemas. Teacher guides, in-classroom pre-screening preparation, and post-screening talk-backs in the theatre are offered. For film descriptions, dates, or additional questions about Teen Screen, contact Teen Screen Coordinator Lori Sisson ( or visit


Classrooms Without Borders (CWB) Provider of experiential, extended term professional development for teachers in the metropolitan Pittsburgh region. This organization is different from other providers of teacher training because it offers unique travel experiences enriched with rigorous content, scholarly readings, and direct application to classroom instruction. CWB connects teachers and learners through customized professional growth programs that result in positive changes in the way teachers instruct students. For more information, visit: