Sala Kryszek Art & Writing

The annual Sala Kryszek Art & Writing Competition for middle and high school students encourages youth to evaluate history, foster an awareness of the Holocaust, and broaden their minds in the areas of art, history, civics, sociology, and literature. For the competition, students are presented with a prompt that becomes their cue to create a piece of writing or a work of art.

2014-2015 Creative Prompt

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
                                                                                                                                         -Anne Frank


Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl who spent time in hiding during the Holocaust years, kept a diary in which she recorded her thoughts about the world in which she was living--a world of strife and uncertainty. She maintained a message of overall hope for humanity and a vision for how the world could be a peaceful and humane place for all people. Think about what you have learned about the causes of the Holocaust or about current world events to create a piece of writing or a work of art that reflects your vision for improving the world.


Through your writing or art, show ways in which an individual, no matter what the person's age, can make a difference in the lives of those around them.



2014 Winners

The competition is dedicated to the memory of Sala Kryszek, a Holocaust survivor who came to Portland after the Second World War and lived here until her death in 1986. The Jakob Kryszek family generously funds the program. Top entries in both writing and art are presented with the Sala Kryszek Award, which includes a trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. In late spring an exhibit of the winners will also be on display at the OJMCHE.