Waldman International

The 2018-2019 Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition allows students in grades 6-12 to compete for academic scholarships. Parallel competitions happen in the Pittsburgh area of the US and in the Karmiel-Misgav community in Israel. Winning artists announced in early Spring, and winning students from both countries will be recognized at an awards ceremony hosted by the contest organizers in Pittsburgh in May 2019.

There are three categories that students may submit to: creative writing, visual arts, or short film (high school only). In each of the three categories, high school winners will win a $500 for first prize, $250 for second prize, or $100 for third prize. Middle schoolers will win $250 for first prize, $100 for second prize, or $50 for third prize in the two eligible categories. All prizes are to be used as academic scholarships.

This year’s theme is Women During the Holocaust. Theme details can be found below. Full contest details and the application form will be available soon.

Important Dates:

  • Application opening : October 2018
  • Deadline for All Entries – Jan 3, 2019, 4pm. (PLEASE NOTE: In addition to digital submissions, physical Visual Arts submissions must be brought to the Holocaust Center by this deadline) No Entries will be accepted past this date/time.
  • Winners announced: February 2019
  • Israeli winners in Pittsburgh and award ceremony: early May 2019

More About the Theme:

The Nazi regime frequently subjected women, both Jewish and non-Jewish, to brutal persecution that was sometimes unique to the gender of the victims. Certain individual camps and certain areas within concentration camps were designated specifically for female prisoners. Pregnant Jewish women and mothers of small children were often some of the first to be murdered in the gas chambers. In both camps and ghettos, women were particularly vulnerable to beatings and rape; the German army ran roughly 500 brothels for soldiers, in which women were forced to work. Pregnant Jewish women often tried to conceal their pregnancies or were forced to submit to abortions. German physicians used Jewish and Roma (Gypsy) women as subjects for sterilization experiments.

Women also played an important role in various resistance activities, especially those who were involved in Socialist, Communist, or Zionist youth movements. Other women were active in the aid and rescue operations of the Jews in German-occupied Europe.

This theme encompasses the experiences of any and all women, Jewish or non-Jewish, during the Holocaust (1933-1945). Research and proper citation will be required.