Each year, the OHRC sponsors a Writing and Arts competition among middle and high school students, using a Holocaust-based theme. The objectives of the competitions are to encourage today’s youth to evaluate history, to foster an awareness of the Holocaust, and to broaden their minds in the areas of art, history, civics, sociology, and literature. The rewards are not only in the prizes and public recognition, but also in learning and developing advanced verbal and artistic skills.
This competition is in memory of the late Sala Kryszek, a Holocaust survivor. Funded primarily by a grant from the Jakob Kryszek family, the top entry in both writing and art is awarded the Sala Kryszek Award, a trip to The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The OHRC provides three nights lodging, admission to the USHMM, and transportation. Winners are listed below and their winning contributions will be displayed throughout the year at various venues.