Is the Past Still Alive?

Sára Vykrutová, Dream of a Small Terezín Inmate, age: 8 years.

Sára Vykrutová, Dream of a Small Terezín Inmate, age: 8 years.


The winners of the Terezín Memorial’s 23rd literary competition and the 21st art contest, named The Hana Greenfield Memorial in honor of the initiator, co-founder and sponsor of the competitions, this time held under the common title Is the Past Still Alive?, were announced at an award-giving ceremony in the cinema of the Ghetto Museum in Terezín on June 7, 2017.

In addition to the winners and runners-up in the individual competitions, the ceremony was also attended by Mr. Oldřich Bubeníček, the Regional Commissioner of the Ústí Region, Mrs. Hana Rožcová, the Mayoress of Terezín, officials from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and from the Lidice Memorial. Speaking to the winners on behalf of the Terezín Initiative, an association of the former Terezín Ghetto inmates, was its Chair Dr. Dagmar Lieblová. Together with Jiří Polák, son of the former Terezín Ghetto inmate and Terezín Memorial historian Erik Polák, Dr. Lieblová presented the Erik Polák Award, financed by the Terezín Initiative. The ceremony was also attended by Hana Greenfield’s husband Murray.

Barbora Kopecká, The Past Hidden in the Walls, age: 16 years.

Barbora Kopecká, The Past Hidden in the Walls, age: 16 years.


The art section of the program featured the Brno Children’s Choir, conducted by its choir leader Valerie Maťašová, with piano accompaniment by Galina Aleškevič. The Choir prepared a selection from a literary program called A Flowered Horse. This had been written, during the Nazi occupation, for children from Prague’s Jewish orphanages by two former Terezín inmates, namely writer Norbert Frýd and music composer Karel Reiner.

The winning works of art went on display at an independent exhibition in the lobby of the Ghetto Museum cinema during July 2017

As many as 429 entries from 95 schools all over the Czech Republic were sent to the competitions in the school year 2016/2017. A total of 126 entries were sent to the literary competition and 303 entries to the art contest. List of the winners and the winning works is to be found on the Terezín Memorial’s web pages in the section Vzdělávání (Education).

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