Lydia May Memorial Holocaust Writing Contest


The Lydia May Memorial Holocaust Writing Contest is named for the grandmother of DHRC Director Renate Frydman.  Lydia is shown here with her daughter Carmen, Renate’s mother, who passed away in 2014 age 107.

Each winter the Dayton Holocaust Resource Center sponsors two contests for students in grades 5 through 12. Click on the links below for complete details about the contests, including this year’s themes and deadlines. Contact dhrcdirector @ with further questions.

The theme for this year’s Lydia May Memorial Holocaust Writing Contest and Max May Memorial Holocaust Art Contest is:

Children of the Holocaust

We understand that the unprecedented challenges of this school year may make it difficult for students, teachers and parents to participate in the contests.  We encourage entries from students being schooled at home as well in traditional classrooms. 

Find a story about a child who survived the Holocaust, despite physical and emotional scars, through courage and the will to live. Their personal stories show how extreme racism, prejudice and bullying escalated into the Holocaust and caused 1.5 million children to lose their lives. These problems of hate and prejudice still challenge children in our world today.
Here are some resources to help you get started – many more can be found online, in libraries and at Wright State’s Education Resource Center.  This list will also be on the website.
Children in the Holocaust (from Yad Vashem)
Children of the Holocaust (from Museum of Tolerance)
Hidden Children (from Jewish Virtual Library)
Children during the Holocaust (from US Memorial Holocaust Museum)
You might also consider Renate Frydman’s book, Anschel’s Story (available from Amazon or libraries).
The librarians at the ERC at Wright State will be happy to help: contact

Entries must be submitted by Friday, March 19, 2021.

Entries must be submitted by Monday, March 28, 2022.  Click on the links below for full information. 

Because of the large volume of entries we receive each year – both art and writing – please try to send us only your students’ best work.

Important: You may either e-mail entries or send them by regular mail. If mailing hard copy, you need to include a cover sheet with the student’s name and grade, teacher’s name, and school; the entry itself should not include any of this information, in order to ensure anonymity in judging.  Please send three copies.  Entries coming directly from students will not be accepted – they need to come through a teacher, except in the case of home-schooled students.

Send e-mails to:

Mail entries to:

Dayton Holocaust Resource Center

525 Versailles Dr, Dayton, OH 45459

Your entry may be fiction, nonfiction, prose, drama or poetry.

DIVISIONS: Division I is for grades 5, 6, 7, and 8. Division II is for grades 9-12. Students at any greater Dayton area school, public, parochial or private, as well as home-schooled, are eligible.

AWARDS: Monetary awards will be given for First, Second, Third Place and Honorable Mention.


Entries must represent the independent and unassisted work of the student under whose name they are submitted. Proofreading for corrections by a parent or teacher is acceptable, but content must not come from anyone but the author.

Entries will be judged for originality, content, and understanding of the subject.

Entries become the property of the Dayton Holocaust Resource Center, which reserves the right to publish them in part or in their entirety.

PLEASE NOTE that the deadline is Monday, April 4, 2022. Winners will be notified soon after that date, and will be announced at the annual Yom haShoah commemoration currently scheduled for April 24.