CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center Art Contest
Honoring the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz
Auschwitz Concentration Camp was the largest of the Nazi concentration and death camps where more than one million people were killed during the Holocaust. Opened in 1940, the camp was liberated by the Soviet army on January 27, 1945. After months or years of forced labor, starvation, and deprivation of every human kindness, the prisoners and survivors were greeted by soldiers with chocolates, candy, and hugs. These moments of human contact and acts of humanity gave the prisoners of Auschwitz hope. Now, 75 years later, the world comes together to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. We listen to their stories of survival, persistence, and resilience and honor their memories by continuing to share them every year. #75yearsofstories highlights the survivors and the liberators of the Holocaust, as well as continues the mission to educate about the consequences of hatred.
Eva Kor was a survivor of Auschwitz and medical experiments conducted by Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. She dedicated her life to educating people of all ages, races, backgrounds, and nationalities about lessons we can learn from the Holocaust. Her mission, and the mission of CANDLES, is to teach those lessons so we can illuminate the world with hope, healing, respect, and responsibility.
“Our memories will provide the necessary fuel to light the way to hope, healing, understanding, goodwill, and peace for humanity. Like our vivid memories, the horrible crimes against us and millions of others can never be washed away or forgotten, but how we deal with these memories is our choice.” – Eva Kor
All artists will receive communication regarding awards from CANDLES by December 15, 2019. Thank you for your participation in this art contest to honor #75yearsofstories.