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Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission

Friends of THGAAC Student Contests

"Sites of Memory"

Certain places in the world are so deeply tied to significant events in history that people continue to visit them to experience a more profound connection. In some of these places, people have constructed memorials to help shape our memory of what happened there. These memorials are meant to convey an accurate depiction of the past and to trigger an emotional response—in other words, to be truthful, emotionally powerful, and memorable.

An effective memorial will present some historical details in an accurate and straightforward manner, and others through metaphors or symbols.

Here are just a few examples of memorials to places/events in Holocaust/genocide history:

For the 2021 Student Contests in Poetry & Visual Arts, the Friends of THGAAC invited Texas students in 6th through 12th grades to learn about places that deserve to be remembered because they were the location of events in Holocaust or genocide history. This annual contest is generously funded by the Friends of Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Committee 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Here is what was required:

Choose a place/event in Holocaust or genocide history to research. This means that you should select an event that happened during the Holocaust or during the Armenian genocide, Cambodian genocide, Rwandan/Burundian genocide, Bosnian genocide, Darfur genocide, or Iraqi/Syrian genocide. We have provided a list of suggestions of places/events further down on this page, but you may choose a place/event that is not on the list. Then, create a memorial that you imagine could be placed at the chosen location to commemorate the event that happened there. (Note: be sure to create a memorial to a past event. In other words, your art should depict a memorial to what happened, and not what happened.) Because your memorial is for a contest, it is expected to be more detailed than the sample memorials that are provided above.

Download our flyer for a reference to the 2021 contest details.

The contest results will be announced on this page and social media on Wednesday, July 28, 2021!

Congratulations!
The following students earned the top score in their categories.

High School Poetry

"Angel of Auschwitz" by Ana
Category: Holocaust
Sharyland High School
Mission, TX

Angel of Auschwitz

High School Visual Arts

"The Pomegranate Tree" by Ani
Category: Genocide
Highland Park High School
Dallas, TX

The Pomegranate Tree

Middle School Poetry

"Remember the Rwandan Genocide" by Hailey
Category: Genocide
Nolan Middle School
Harker Heights, TX

Remember the Rwandan Genocide

Middle School Poetry

"Blood" by Kallie
Category: Holocaust
Leo Adams Middle School
Haslet, TX

Blood

Middle School Visual Arts

"Only Five" by Sophia
Category: Holocaust
Sycamore Springs Middle School
Austin, TX

Only Five

Honorable Mention
The following students earned honorable mention in their categories.

Middle School Visual Arts

"Let Us Remember the Genocide against the Tutsi" by Avery
Category: Genocide
Leo Adams Middle School
Haslet, TX

Middle School Visual Arts

"Remember All Who Were Affected by the Rwandan Genocide" by Vimed
Category: Genocide
Leo Adams Middle School
Haslet, TX

The submission period for the 2021 Student Contests in Poetry & Visual Arts is closed.