Student Holocaust Writing, Art and Multi-media Contest

For students in grades 7-12 in the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys 


Do Not Stand Silent: Remembering Kristallnacht,” in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the events, and as a reminder of the moral imperative to always speak out and take action against injustice and atrocities.



Narrative composition and/or poetry of no more than 1,500 words, submitted in Microsoft Word, double-spaced.


Should demonstrate originality and a creative representation of the theme, using paint, crayon, pencil, or other similar medium on 8.5 x 11 white paper


Films should be no more than five minutes, demonstrate originality, and a creative representation of theme, and should be submitted on a flash drive, CD, or electronically

All entries, whether writing, art or film, must include a title page or label containing the following information: student’s name, grade, home address, and telephone number; school name, address, and telephone number, and teacher’s name.


Monday, April 1, 2019


Although submissions may be mailed, students are strongly encouraged to submit all entries electronically. Writings, art, and film entries may be sent to the Jewish Community Relations Council, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, OH, 44504, or e-mailed to

Gift Card Awards (in various age categories of the three context components

First ($75)

Second ($50)

Third ($25)

Winners will receive awards at the annual Community Yom Hashoah Commemoration Ceremony at noon on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at the Mahoning County Courthouse in Youngstown

All winners plus additional honorable mention recipients will also receive Holocaust-themed books

For more information, call the JCRC at 330.746.3251

About Kristallnacht

On November 9-10, 1938, the Nazis staged vicious pogroms (state sanctioned, anti-Jewish riots) called Kristallnacht against the Jewish community of Germany. Initially a cynical reference to alleged Jewish wealth (hence the literal meaning, “Night of Crystal”), the name Kristallnacht (now commonly translated as “Night of Broken Glass”) refers to the untold numbers of broken windows of synagogues, Jewish-owned stores, community centers, and homes plundered and destroyed during the pogroms. For over 48 hours, violent mobs—made up of Nazi Party officials, Nazi storm troopers, and Hitler Youth dressed in street clothes and joined by some civilians— rampaged through the streets of German cities assaulting Jews and vandalizing their property. They destroyed hundreds of synagogues, setting many of them on fire. Under orders to let the fires burn but to prevent the flames from spreading to other buildings, firefighters stood by. Antisemitic mobs smashed shop windows and looted thousands of Jewish-owned stores. They desecrated sacred artifacts such as Torah scrolls and ravaged Jewish cemeteries. About 100 innocent Jews lost their lives in the violence, and some 30,000 innocent were arrested and sent to concentration camps.

 Kristallnacht was a turning point in history. The pogroms marked a shift from antisemitic rhetoric to violent, aggressive anti-Jewish measures that would culminate in the Holocaust—the systematic, state sponsored murder of Jews. The violence shocked the world that had been hopeful for peace in the aftermath of the Munich agreement less than six weeks before. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the United States commented in a press conference on November 15, 1938, “I myself could scarcely believe that such things could occur in a twentieth century civilization.”

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