Spokane Community OBSERVANCE OF THE HOLOCAUST 2019 Art & Creative Writing Contests
January 27, 2019 marks the 74th Anniversary Of Auschwitz Liberation and International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
“People growing up today must know what people were capable of in the past,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an address on Saturday. “And we must work proactively to ensure that it is never repeated.” NPR article Jan.27, 2019.
Art displayed is titled, “What’s the Difference?” by Kiarra Dupree (2018 Second Place Winner of the Spokane Community OBSERVANCE OF THE HOLOCAUST 2019 Art & Creative Writing Contests)
The Holocaust was the most extensive deliberate genocide in recorded history. Adolf Hitler and the German Nazi Party came to power in 1933 by cultivating longstanding fear and hatred for non-Aryans. Through manipulation and propaganda, they rallied the people of Germany to go to war with the rest of Europe in 1939. Furthermore, they sought to rid the world of non-Aryan “others”
whom they judged to be unsuitable for life; particularly Jews, but also Roma, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, and people with disabilities. When WWII ended in 1945, the Nazis and their collaborators had exterminated 11 million people; 6 million of whom were Jews, or two-thirds of the entire Jewish population of Europe.
The experience of the Holocaust is ingrained in the personal memories of the survivors, but their numbers are rapidly diminishing. Therefore, teaching the lessons of the Holocaust relies on all of us to remember and to tell their stories. Learning from those memories and translating them into action is the challenge of Spokane Community OBSERVANCE OF THE HOLOCAUST 2019 Art & Creative Writing Contests. The contests are open to all high school and middle school students in the Inland Northwest and Coeur d’Alene area students have previously won this contest.