The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo along with the Freeland and Joffe Foundations sponsors an annual Arts and Writing Contest, which asks area Middle School and High School students to contemplate a Holocaust-related topic and respond to it in either the visual media or the written word. The resulting works are judged by category and grade level, and at the end of the school year the best are selected for special certificate and cash awards. The Mary Deane Freeland $250 cash award is given to the school library of the student whose entry in the Arts and Writing contest is judged “Best in Show.”


Arts & Writing Contest 2018

Contest Deadline: April 25, 2018

Theme: I was a child during the Holocaust


How were children impacted by the Holocaust? (Jew or non-Jew,
older children or younger, victim, hiding, escaping, resister, or helping)?

What would a child during the Holocaust witness and experience?
What did they see, hear, smell?


New this year is our teacher resource page made by teacher, Elizabeth Marmion. This resource will provide you with further information and lesson plans on the theme of the 2018 Arts and Writing Contest.

Congratulations to all the Arts and Writing Winners from 2017!

Best of Show in Art

Hannah Maxick
10th Grade, Williamsville North High School

Best of Show in Writing

Hannah Johnston
10th Grade, Mount Saint Mary Academy