Anne Frank, 1940
Anne Frank, 1940

High school students can win prizes writing about the “power of hope.”

The Holocaust Memorial Center is hosting the second annual Kappy Family Anne Frank Art & Writing Competition. The theme is “The Power of Hope.”

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The competition is open to students in grades 9-12 in Oakland and Macomb counties. The prompt for this year’s competition, intended to inspire a response in the form of art and writing submissions, is a quote by Anne Frank, “Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.” The entry deadline is Monday, April 9.

There is a compelling reason the Kappy family supports the competition. Garry Kappy is the last surviving member of his family. Born in Opatow, Poland, Kappy was imprisoned in labor camps when he was 15 years old. He survived the horrors of the Buchenwald and Auschwitz concentration camps. While Kappy recognizes the importance of memorializing the victims of the Holocaust, he felt it was crucial to educate and help prevent future genocides.

Kappy’s son Irvin said, “The competition has confirmed to my father and family that engagement and education of well-meaning individuals is still the best way to combat hatred and future genocides.”

The competition includes three art categories: drawing, painting and photography. Submissions must be two-dimensional and not exceed 18 by 24 inches. Art submissions must be submitted on black or white mat board and accompanied by a 150- to 200-word artist statement. Writing submissions must fall into one of three categories: poetry, fiction or non-fiction. These entries may not exceed three, single-spaced pages and must be submitted electronically as .doc or .docx files. All entries must be submitted by April 9; writing submissions must be emailed to by 11:59 p.m. that day; art submissions must be postmarked on or prior to April 9.

“Gov. Snyder signing a law requiring Michigan public school students in grades 8-12 receive education in the Holocaust and other genocides has made a tremendous impact in enlightening our youth,” said Robin Axelrod, HMC director of education. “The Kappy Competition is a wonderful opportunity for teens to use their individual creative expression to convey the lessons learned during their classroom instruction.”

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each category. First place will receive $250, second $125 and $75 will go to those who place third. In addition, the teacher and school of all first-place winners will receive a $200 Amazon gift card. Following the May 17 award ceremony, winning artwork will be displayed in a gallery at the Holocaust Memorial Center and the writing will be printed in a booklet.

For additional information, competition rules and guidelines, and to access the submission form, visit or contact Aliza Tick at (248) 553-2400 ext. 141.