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.

Theme for 2018:

“Heroes of the Holocaust”

Millions of Jews, Roma, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, political prisoners and others died in concentration camps or were murdered in their villages all across central and eastern Europe – perhaps as many as eleven million all told.  But the Holocaust is the story of each individual – the victims of course, but also the rescuers, the survivors, the resisters.   Your writing or art project should focus on one person or group of people who behaved in a heroic manner under conditions that we can scarcely imagine.  We are not publishing a list of heroes here, so as not to ‘push’ students in one direction or another; but we are happy to help with ideas – just e-mail us or send a private Facebook message.  

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

305 Sugar Camp Circle
Dayton, OH 45409

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 Friday, March 9, 2018. Winners will be notified soon after that date, and will be announced at the annual Yom haShoah commemoration on May 1 at Temple Israel.

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