Ceremonial announcement of the results of the Terezín Memorial´s competitions in 2018
The winners of the Terezín Memorial´s 24th literary competition and its 22nd art contest known under the name The Hana Greenfield Memorial and held this year under the common theme: Home, took place in the cinema of the Ghetto Museum in Terezín on June 6, 2018.
The chief source of inspiration for the participants´ competition entries this time was the fate of Egon Ervín Kish, a well-known Czechoslovak journalist and refugee of Jewish descent. After the country´s occupation by Nazi Germany Kisch lived in France, then in the United States and Mexico. He returned home from Mexico after the Second World War.
While reflecting on his fate, the participating students were given an opportunity to contemplate the following questions and subjects: the true meaning of the loss of one´s home for refugees at that time, the kind of difficulties refugees had to cope with in a foreign country, how did locals probably perceive such refugees, how easy or difficult was it for them to integrate into a new society, what are the chief problems people, fleeing their home countries for different reasons, have to grapple with today, and what is the meaning of “home” for us nowadays etc.?
We received as many as 978 competition entries during the school year 2017/2018, out of which 758 were artworks and 220 literary essays.
In addition to most of the winners, the ceremony announcing the competition results was attended by many official guests. Mrs. Michaela Vidláková, representing the Terezín Initiative, an organization associating former inmates of the Terezín Ghetto, addressed the young artists with a speech interspersed with her personal experience. The Brno Children´s Choir, led by its choir leader Valeria Maťašová and with the piano accompaniment by Galina Aleshkevich, gave a concert featuring works by Leoš Janáček and Antonín Dvořák, parts of Bizet´s opera Carmen and the song Flowery Horse, composed by the former Terezín prisoners Karel Reiner and Norbert Frýd.
During the summer of 2018 the winning works of art were on display at an independent exhibition in the foyer of the Ghetto Museum cinema. The lists of the winners are available on the website of the Terezín Memorial in the section Vzdělávání (Education).