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The study of the Holocaust involves very personal involvement by a teacher and the interaction of his or her students. The culmination oft his study may be writings or art that release the deep feelings stirred by this study.

For the past fifteen years we have conducted the Holocaust Writing Contest and the Max May Memorial Holocaust Art Contest to encourage this expression by students. Through the contests, we have seen some remarkable student work. Hundreds of Dayton-area public and parochial children in grades six through twelve have submitted their efforts. The level of sensitivity and creativity in these works of art, prose and poetry is a testament to their achievements and to the excellent instruction in Miami Valley schools. The winners in each category receive a U.S. savings bond and a certificate. All the art is exhibited at the Holocaust Remembrance program each spring at a local synagogue. Some ofthe art has also been exhibited at the U.S. Air Force Museum, the Montgomery County Courts building, the Dayton Jewish Center, and the K-12 Gallery.

We have repeatedly been asked to publish the winning prose and poetry. Now we present this booklet as a sampling of some of the best entries from the past six years. Initially, all the writing and art is judged by area experts. For this publication, several Holocaust Education Committee members read the entries carefully. Most are teachers, retired or still teaching. I appreciate their diligence and expertise.

The subject is difficult and the contests usually follow intense study of the Holocaust as appropriate for each grade level.

Our hope is that this study will help diminish prejudice and racism. Our wish is that these talented young people, and all those who enter the contests, will work to make this world a better, safer place.

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Dayton Holocaust Resource Center




Holocaust; Creative Writing; Poetry


Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing | History | Holocaust and Genocide Studies | Poetry

We Remember: Dayton Area Student Writing and Artwork about the Holocaust