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Holocaust Remembrance Poetry Contest (Grades 6-12)

January 1, 2017 - April 11, 2017


One day this terrible war will be over. The time will come when we’ll be people again and not just Jews! Who has inflicted this on us? Who has set us apart from all the rest? Who has put us through such suffering? Anne Frank, April 11, 1944

Incorporate the universal lessons of the Holocaust through original poetry to “Reveal the Human Spirit.”

 In Honor of Wilma Landmann Loeb (Holocaust Survivor), Sponsored by Pauline Loeb Harf and Leo S. Harf


  • Possible themes to incorporate into student poetry may include: human suffering, heroism, decency, defiance, dignity, identity, discrimination, survival, the power of words, faith, or hope.
  • Students may use either free verse or more traditional poetry formats
  • Poems should be no more than 500 words.
  • A separate cover page is required and must include the student’s name, the school’s name and address, the sponsoring teacher’s signature, and the title of the poem. Please also complete and attach the permission form to your entry. permission-form
  • Poems will be evaluated on the writer’s understanding of the Holocaust and powerful emotional expression of their knowledge.
  • Only one poem per student may be submitted.

Grand Prize: $100 cash and $50 for the sponsoring teacher

6-8 and 9-12 grade level winners: $50 cash each.

Poetry  must be received at the Center on or before April 11, 2017.

Wassmuth Center for Human Rights

777 South 8th Street

Boise, ID 83706

                                        (located directly behind the Boise Public Library – Downtown)                                       

Phone: (208) 345-0304

Email: info@wassmuthcenter.org

 Selected poems and art pieces will be published in a book of student art and poetry to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.

Grand Prize winners will be invited to perform their poems at the annual Idaho Observance of the Days of Remembrance Holocaust Commemoration in the Idaho State Capitol, and at the 15th Anniversary Celebration of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial (August 16, 2017).



January 1, 2017
April 11, 2017


Dan Prinzing


Wassmuth Center for Human Rights
777 South 8th Street
Boise, ID 83702 United States
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