Human Rights Writing and Art Competition 2010 Responding to Injustice



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Human Rights Writing and Art Competition 2010

Responding to Injustice
Dear Principal and educator
The Cape Town Holocaust Centre is delighted to invite your Grade 9-12 learners to enter its annual Human Rights Writing and Art Competition. The theme for 2010 is ‘Responding to Injustice’. The closing date for entries is 4 JUNE 2010.

What is the aim of the writing and art competition?

  • Our hope is that the competition will facilitate a greater understanding of the need to protect Human Rights and respond to injustice in this country and globally.

  • The competition is aimed at encouraging cross-curricular study.

  • Educators may choose to use the topics of the competition as an activity for learners’ portfolios.


Who can enter?

  • ANY Grade 9 –12 learners, not necessarily only History learners.

  • The competition is divided into a Junior Division (Grade 9 -10) and Senior Division (Grade 11 –12).

  • Learners may choose to enter the writing and/or art section.

  • Learners may respond in English, Afrikaans or isiXhosa.

  • The school may submit NO MORE than a TOTAL of 12 entries PER writing and art SECTION. All entries submitted will receive a certificate from the Holocaust Centre.

  • The individual winning writing and art entries will receive an award at a function in 2010 and will qualify to enter the national competition. Schools that submit a body of work that shows an in-depth response, either across the grade or grades, will be considered for a special school award.



We attach the competition details and look forward to receiving

responses from your learners!

Any queries, please contact: Tracey Petersen: tracey@ctholocaust.co.za or Amanda Cooper: edu.admin@ctholocaust.co.za at the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, 021 462 5553.

Yours sincerely


Tracey Petersen

Education Director: Cape Town Holocaust Centre



The Holocaust and Human Rights Writing and Art Competition

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

While Europe’s Jews were persecuted and eventually sent to the death camps of Poland, the world stood by and watched. Ordinary people watched as their Jewish neighbours were removed. However, there were some shining examples of individuals who risked their lives and the lives of their families to save Jews. Their stories illustrate their response to injustice. This response to injustice required courage, care and compassion. Their stories are true examples of humanity and all that humanity should strive to be.


Some people organized resistance groups. Young German students of the White Rose Movement spoke out against Nazi policies and the treatment of Jews. In Denmark, the efforts of the vast majority of Danes saved 95% of the Danish Jewish population. Communities such as the people of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, as well as individuals such as Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oskar Schindler, Raoul Wallenberg, Chiune Sugihara and Hugo Arman displayed compassion and courage by resisting the Nazis through helping the Jews.
The victims themselves resisted the Nazi regime’s brutality. The Nazis attempted to dehumanise their victims by stripping them of their right to education, cultural activities, freedom of expression and movement. Thus, the act of creating a poem, keeping a diary, leading a prayer service, painting, or recording what was happening to people in the ghetto, became an act of resistance. Despite extraordinary odds, some people took up arms to resist the Nazis.

Suggested reading list and websites:

Blatter, J and Milton, S. Art of the Holocaust, Pan Books: London 1982

Block, G amd Drucker, M. Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust, Holmes and Meier Publishers: New York 1992

Lyman, D. Holocaust Rescuers: 10 stories of courage, Enslow Publishers Inc.: Berkley Heights 1999

Rees, L. Auschwitz, BBC Books: London, 2005

The Holocaust: Lessons for Humanity: Learner’s Interactive Resource Book, New Africa Books, Cape Town, 2004

The Holocaust: Lessons for Humanity: Teacher’s Resource Manual and Guide for Introductory Video, Edumedia, Cape Town, 2004
Websites:

www.pbs.org/daringtoresist

www.ushmm.org/outreach/jpart.html



A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust www.holocaust.com.au

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre www.wiesenthal.com

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum www.ushmm.org

Yad Vashem www.yad-vashem.org.il

Facing History and Ourselves www.facing.org
Libraries to consult:

Gitlin Library 021 462 5088 (The library has reserved a number of books suitable for this competition).

Edulis: 021 957 9600



The Holocaust and Human Rights Writing and Art Competition
WRITING SECTION

The learner must choose ONE topic from the list below.



EITHER:

CATEGORY A: RESEARCH ESSAY

Write a research essay about individuals, groups or movements that resisted the Nazi regime during the Holocaust (1933 – 1945). Give your personal evaluation of their contribution. A bibliography must be included in this essay and all sources must be acknowledged.



OR

CATEGORY B: PERSONAL RESPONSE

EITHER:

  1. The history of the Holocaust teaches us about the importance of protecting Human Rights’. Express your personal response to this statement. You may chose to write a poem, a story or essay.



OR


2. Select any one of the literary works or films listed below.

  1. Examine the moral and ethical issues raised by the work/film.

  2. Explain the way in which the work adds to your understanding of the Holocaust

  3. Explain the way in which the work adds to your understanding of the need to respond to injustice.

  4. You may wish to consider the implications of the work you have chosen, for other issues such as the crises in Darfur or the xenophobic violence in our country.



Literature


  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, (Editor: Otto H Frank; Translated by S. Massotty) (Penguin Books: London, 2006)

  • The Reunion by Fred Uhlman (Vintage Books: London, 2006)

  • Night by Elie Wiesel, (Translated by M. Wiesel) (Penguin Books: London, 2006)


Film


  • The Pianist Directed by Roman Polanski

  • Schindler’s List Directed by Steven Spielberg

  • Sophie Scholl Directed by Marc Rothemond


OR

CATEGORY C: ART OF THE HOLOCAUST - RESEARCH and PERSONAL RESPONSE (See following page)

WRITING SECTION continued
CATEGORY C: ART OF THE HOLOCAUST –

RESEARCH and PERSONAL RESPONSE

  1. Research any one of the Holocaust artists from the list below.

Artists

  • Charlotte Salomon

  • Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the art of Terezin

  • Felix Nussbaum

  • Samuel Bach




  1. Select one or a series of paintings by your chosen artist.

  2. Write an essay in which you discuss the life of the artist and the way the artist’s

work has contributed to your understanding of the Holocaust.

  1. A detailed bibliography of books and internet sources used must be included in this essay.



GUIDELINES for written submissions:

  • Essays and poems must be attached to a completed entry form. (See last page)

  • All submissions must be the original work of one student.

  • Submissions must be in English.

  • Although neatly handwritten work will be accepted, it is preferable that it be typed in 12-point font, double spacing with 2cm margins, and numbered pages.

  • Essays must be between 500 and 1000 words.

  • Essays must include word count.

  • Submissions will be judged anonymously. Hence no name or identifying reference (i.e. the entrant’s name, school or teacher) should appear on the essay or poem. The entrant’s name, school or teacher must appear ONLY on the entry form (See last page) that must be attached to the submission. The Holocaust Centre will assign a code number to the essay or poem before submitting the entries to the panel of adjudicators.



ASSESSMENT CRITERIA for written submissions:

  • Original thinking and authenticity.

  • Attention to structure and form and general linguistic accuracy.

  • Adherence to the topic.

  • The essay should be carefully proofread, and adhere to the guidelines for written submissions.



The Holocaust and Human Rights Writing and Art Competition


ART SECTION

The learner must choose ONE topic from the list below.



EITHER:

CATEGORY A:

    1. Create a piece of art that expresses your response to the Holocaust

AND

(b) Provide a written comment on the work (no more than 100 words).


OR

CATEGORY B:

  1. Create a memorial or the model/ detailed sketch of a memorial honouring individuals, groups or movements that resisted the Nazi regime during the Holocaust (1933 – 1945).

AND

  1. Provide a written comment on the work (no more than 100 words).



GUIDELINES for art submissions:

  • The artwork submitted must be attached to a completed entry form.

(See last page)

  • All submissions must be the original work of one student.

  • Learners may use any medium or a combination of media. These could include: crayons, pencil, koki, pastels, ink, charcoal, watercolours, found objects or recycled material, clay, fabric, acrylics, oils, computer generated images or any other medium

  • The artwork may be 2-D or 3-D and should not exceed 1 metre x 1 metre.

  • Must include fixatives so that works will not smudge or be altered by handling.

  • The artist’s name must NOT appear on the artwork. Submissions will be judged anonymously. Hence no name or identifying reference (i.e. the entrant’s name, school or teacher) should appear on the artwork. The entrant’s name, school or teacher must appear ONLY on the entry form (See last page) that must be attached to the artwork. The Cape Town Holocaust Centre will assign a code number to the submission before submitting the entries to the panel of adjudicators.

  • Renderings of other artist’s works will be disqualified.

The Holocaust and Human Rights Writing and Art Competition



ASSESSMENT CRITERIA for art entries:

  • Originality of concept.

  • Informed, thoughtful, creative response to content.

  • Appropriateness to its theme.

  • Realisation of concept in chosen media.

  • A level of visual literacy and inventiveness with reference specifically to visual presentation.

  • A clarity of composition.

  • A personal viewpoint that emerges from the learner - originality/personality.

  • Clarity of thought in written comment.



SUBMISSION OF WRITING AND/OR ART ENTRIES:


  1. The closing date for entries is: 4 June 2010.

  2. A completed Entry Form (see below) must be enclosed when submitting entry.

  3. No faxed or emailed entries will be accepted.

  4. Entries should be mailed or delivered to:

The Holocaust Centre

88 Hatfield Street

Gardens

8001


  1. Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than 4 June 2010.

  2. Unless requested, entries will not be returned.

  3. Please note: the Holocaust Centre cannot accept liability should entries be damaged in any way.

The Holocaust and Human Rights Writing and Art Competition


Entry form (must be attached to entry):
Full name of learner: _______________________________________________ Grade: ________

Please indicate () whether entrant is a Junior (Grade 9-10) _____ or Senior (Grade 11 – 12) _______

Name of school: _____________________________________________

Name of principal: _____________________________________________

Address of school: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

School telephone: ________________ School fax:_______________ School email: _________________

Contact teacher: ________________________________________________
Title of entry: _____________________________
We certify that this is the original work of the entrant, and that the above information is accurate:

_____________________________ __________________________________________

Signature of principal Signature of contact educator

____________________________

Signature of entrant
PLEASE COMPLETE THIS CHECK LIST FOR ENTRANTS:

Each artwork has an attached entry form

 The entry form is signed by the learner, educator and principal

 Entry form includes all contact details of the school

 Art entries indicate the title of the work on entry form

 Art entries include a workbook/ visual diary/ sourcebook

 Entry forms CLEARLY indicate whether entrant is a Junior or Senior entrant.

 Workbook/ visual diary/ sourcebook does not have the name of the learner or school


Any queries, please contact:

Tracey Petersen (tracey@ctholocaust.co.za) or Amanda Cooper (edu.admin@ctholocaust.co.za)

021 462 5553


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