Sala Kryszek Art & Writing
Entries can reflect a wide range of literary and world history topics, and need not specifically address the Holocaust.
A top Sala Kryszek Award winner will be selected in both the writing and art categories. These students, along with one of their parents, and one of their teachers, will travel to Washington, D.C. to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In addition, judges will award first, second, and third place prizes in two divisions: the senior high school division (Grades 9-12), and the junior middle school division (Grades 6-8). Honorable mentions may be awarded. All winners will receive a Certificate of Achievement.
Winning entries will be publicized and displayed at OJMCHE where communities that extend beyond the classroom can celebrate your students’ outstanding achievements.
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.
2014-2015 Creative Prompt"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
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.