Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz Invites Students in His District to Enter 2017 Holocaust Memorial Creative Arts Contest

March 13, 2017

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) invites students in grades three through 12 to enter his 2017 Holocaust Memorial Creative Arts Contest.

Please note that students must either live in or go to school in the 45th Assembly District in order to participate. Anyone with a question about eligibility should call Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ office at (718) 743-4078.

The annual contest gives students the opportunity to reflect on the Holocaust, examine how its lessons continue to impact our lives, and express their feelings using their creative talents. Students are encouraged to submit essays, poetry, artworks and DVDs of dramatic music or dance performances. While class/group projects are strongly encouraged, individual entries are also welcome.

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz sponsors the contest with the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center, Holocaust Memorial Committee, the Lena Cymbrowitz Foundation and Project Witness to honor the six million who perished and also to teach students that anti-Semitism and bias-motivated violence remain painfully relevant issues, especially with the dramatic rise in hate crimes this year.

“We unfortunately live in a world where extremism and hatred directed at Jews are both on the rise,” said Assemblyman Cymbrowitz, the son of Holocaust survivors. “These are not easy concepts for children to understand -- but by giving them a sense of what it felt like to live during the Nazis’ reign, we can instill in them a sense of compassion toward those who are oppressed and, at the same time, outrage toward those who continue to disseminate hate.”

Please see the attached flyer for contest topics, rules and other information. All entries must be received by April 7th. Assemblyman Cymbrowitz will announce the winners and honor participating students and teachers at a gala ceremony in April at Kingsborough Community College.

“In the not-too-distant future, there will come a time when no one will be around to bear witness to the Holocaust,” he said. “We need our children to inherit the memories, to share the stories, and to keep alive the terrible reality of what can and did happen when people remain silent in the face of evil.”