Max May Memorial Holocaust Art Contest

This contest is held under the auspices of the Holocaust Education Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton. It is sponsored by Renate Frydman and family in memory of Grandfather Max May, pictured here. Framing of the art is sponsored by Allen Seymour in memory of his wife Carole.

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 any 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 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.

Winners will be notified soon after the deadline, and will be announced at the annual Yom haShoah commemoration currently scheduled for April 24.

click here for the contest entry form

If you have trouble downloading the form, contact daytonholocaustresourcecenter @

DIVISIONS: Division I is for grades 5-8. Division II is for grades 9-12. Students at any greater Dayton area school, public, parochial or private, are eligible. Entries must be submitted through a teacher, except in the case of home-schooled students. No more than two entries per student, please.

AWARDS: Monetary awards will be given for First, Second, Third Place and possibly Honorable Mention or Best of Show.  Awards will be announced at the annual Yom Hashoah commemoration, this year at Beth Abraham Synagogue on April 28.


Media that may be used: Drawing, Painting, Photography (if using computer imagery, it must be created as part of your own design), Printmaking, Three-dimensional Sculpture (mixed media assemblages, wood carvings, etc). Particular care must be taken with sharp edges, glass, and other delicate material. The glue must hold up when displayed and traveling to various locations.

All entries must be of manageable size and suitable for public display.

The Holocaust Education Committee reserves the right to exhibit any of the art entered in this contest, including photos of entries on this website or elsewhere. The art remains the property of the Holocaust Education Committee.

Each entry must have TWO entry forms: one attached to the artwork itself (on the back or bottom) and another copy to be included in an envelope mailed to the Resource Center by the teacher. This envelope may include forms for all the entries from a school or class. This makes it easier to identify and keep track of all entries. You may use photocopies or originals of the form in the print version of the Holocaust Education Newsletter, or download this online form.

mailing address:

Dayton Holocaust Resource Center

525 Versailles Dr, Dayton, OH 45459

questions? e-mail dhrcdirector @