Arts & Writing Contest 2024

85th anniversary of the Kindertransport


Please respond to ONE of these prompts through Arts or Writing
– Describe the challenge faced by the parents or children of the Kindertransport.
– Explore the theme of loss experienced by either the parents or children of the Kindertransport.

Entries are due by Friday, April 19, 2024

Contest Generously Sponsored by:
Eugene Finton Scholars Fund & Mary Deane and Robert Freeland Foundation

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  1. All entries should focus on the theme. Students may respond to the overall theme/question.
  2. All entries must be based on an informed understanding of the Holocaust (1933-45).
  3. Students should gather information on the theme and do research on the Holocaust. Resources are widely available, including the following:
  4. All work must be that of the student artist/writer. Adult assistance must be limited to preparatory teaching, providing resource material, suggesting revisions, and editing works for technical errors.


  1. Entries can be painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, or photography.
  2. Entries must be suitable for display – mounted, matted, and/or framed.
  3. You must submit an artist statement (100 words maximum) in the space provided in the online application.
  4. Student name, school and grade should be clearly written on the back of the submission.


  1. Entries can be fiction or non-fiction writing, such as poetry, journal entires, editorials, letters, or short stories.
  2. Writing entries (maximum of 750 words) will be submitted in the space provided in the online application
  3. All copyright-protected sources must be cited. This includes books, magazines, work of art and websites, among others. A bibliography of sources must accompany all research entries, entered into the online application.


  1. The online application must be completed for all entries.
  2. All material must be submitted no later than April 19, 2024.
  3. All writing submissions – 750 WORDS MAX – must be entered into the online application.
  4. Visual Arts entries should be mailed or dropped off at the Jewish Community Center – 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville, NY 14068. *Contact Lauren Bloomberg to arrange drop off.*
  5. All artist statements – 100 WORDS MAX – must be entered into the online application.


Eugene Finton Scholars Award:
Prizes will be awarded in both the art and writing categories:

  • First prize for each grade, in each category, will be $100
  • Second prize for each grade, in each category, will be $50

Mary Deane Freeland Award:

  • Two Best of Show prizes of $250 each – one in writing and one in art – will be given to the recipient’s school to purchase Holocaust related materials.
  • Best of Show winners will have their work published in the July/August edition of The Jewish Journal.

Prizes will be awarded at a ceremony on May 28, 2024
at Congregation Shir Shalom, 4660 Sheridan Dr., Williamsville

Resources for Teachers

Teachers looking for resources and information to help students, click on the button below to download a PDF with resources and more information about Kindertransport.

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