Soon after their liberation from the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps, Holocaust survivors Viktor Frankl, Elie Wiesel, and Thomas Buergenthal published Man's Search for Meaning, Night, and A Lucky Child respectively. Their books analyze their and other prisoners' encounters in concentration camps, and, most importantly, they provide perspectives from which we can all learn.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yad Vashem, the USC Shoah Foundation, and numerous other online resources offer a large selection of survivor testimonials and documented history. These stories offer unique insight on the impact of our daily choices and why we must avoid intolerance, hatred, racism, and bigotry as individuals and as a society.
The Submission form will be available online December 1, 2017–January 21, 2018. Students are required to submit their entries using our online application. Parent approval forms are also required for each student. For more information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions page.
This contest is open to all middle and high school students in the State of Florida commencing with the 2017-18 school year.
Each student may enter a maximum of one submission per category (i.e., one essay, one visual art piece, and one film). Group projects will not be accepted; only one student per submission.
Your name, school, and email address should not appear within the content of your submission.
Please note: Do not use symbols or blank spaces in the file names.
First-place winners—as well as their teachers and schools—will each receive a cash prize (as detailed below). The winning students and their families, teachers, and principals will also be invited to a weekend of activities including a private tour of the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial, as well as an awards ceremony, lunch reception, and presentation on the Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus Nova Southeastern University in March 2018. All students who enter the contest will receive a digital Certificate of Participation.
1st Place in Each of the 3 Categories (6 winners will be selected: 3 in middle school, 3 in high school)
2nd Place in Each of the 3 Categories (6 winners will be selected: 3 in middle school, 3 in high school)
* Based on the discretion of the contest planning and steering committee, the number of prizes may be altered due to the quantity and quality of the entries.