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  Education > Human Rights Arts and Writing Competition

The Cape Town Holocaust Centre runs an annual art and writing project for high schools in the Western Cape. The White Rose Project takes its name from a group of German university students who resisted Nazi oppression. They were known as the White Rose Movement.

Closing date: Closing date: 20 June 2018.

Download the 2018 Entry Pack, Posters and Flyers

What is the aim of the White Rose Art & Writing Project?

  • Our hope is that the project will facilitate a greater understanding of the need to protect human rights and freedom of expression.
  • We would like the project to serve as a catalyst in empowering participants to each find their voice in resisting injustices within their own environment.
  • We hope that it will give students the opportunity to learn about resistance to Nazi oppression during the Holocaust, as well as to consider what relevance this history has for a South African in 2018.

The competition is aimed at encouraging cross-curricular study. Educators may choose to use the topics of the project as an activity for learners' portfolios.

The Cape Town Holocaust Centre will hold an exhibition of artworks and writing pieces submitted to the project. Learners will be able to collect their submissions after the run of the exhibition.


Who can enter?

  • ANY Grade 9 - 12 learners in the Western Cape
  • PLEASE NOTE: Due to space limitations, the CTHC is able to accept up to 10 art entries and 10 writing entries from each participating high school.
  • Learners may choose to submit art or writing pieces for the project.


Fantastic prizes to be won!

We look forward to receiving your learners' art and writing submissions! For further information, please contact the Cape Town Holocaust Centre: 021 462 5553 or




The members of the White Rose Movement used the power of words to oppose the Nazi regime. They wrote and distributed a series of six leaflets calling for passive resistance from the German population. In other instances, people risked their lives by creating false documentation for Jews fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. The Nazis tried to dehumanise the Jews and other victims by stripping them of basic rights, including religious and cultural expression. Thus, the act of creating a poem or a painting, keeping a dairy, or recording everyday events became an act of resistance and defiance.

Learners will be given a broad scope within which to respond to the theme Recognising and Resisting Injustice. Within the Writing Section, they can elect to write a research essay, or to submit their personal response in the form of a poem, essay or story. In the Art Section, learners can submit a two or three dimensional artwork using any materials. For further information, please download the entry pack.

All art and writing submissions must be accompanied by a completed entry form, and must be the original work of the learner. Closing date: 20 June 2018.

Download the 2018 Entry Pack, Posters and Flyers


Previous entries









Report on the 2012 Prize Winners

Senior Writing winner
Fly Away With Me, a song by Katherine Werge


Prize Winning Art 2011

Winner Senior Writing Category
Dear Bystander by Chelsea Kelly

Runner-up Senior Writing Category
Polluted Blood and Pure by Hannah Macmillan

Senior Art Category winning entry
"My Suitcase" by Catherine Paterson


Prize Winning Art 2010

Rustenburg educator Cedric van Dyk, Tracey Petersen (Education Director, Cape Town Holocaust Centre) and Richard Freedman (National Director, South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation) with learners Jessica Loiszides and Zahra Perry, who shared first prize in the Senior Art category.

Herzlia High School learners Jessica Kermis, Nina Leon, and Emma Strumpman; seen here with their artworks; were all highly commended for their entries

In Pursuit of Normality by Jessica Loiszides, Rustenburg.

Human Uniform by Zahra Perry, Rustenburg


Prize Winning Art 2009

i see
grey people in photographs
like old soggy cardboard, smelling of smoke and rust
and a silver sun in the white dawn sky;
the tired grey people watch me, and
i don’t know

if they would have wanted
me to look at them sixty-odd years later
in a museum –
do you want to be in a museum?
in the reverent quiet,
with everyone talking
so carefully in case they hurt the photographs’ feelings
do you want that?
i wonder

and then i think
that if I had been in a grey place
in a cold grey hungry place
about to become a number
just another zero number
i wouldn’t want to disappear
i wouldn’t want to slide away into the empty darkness
i’d want to be remembered
be remembered

and right now
i just want to be sad about it
i don’t want to know the numbers ‘cause numbers confuse me
i don’t have to be jewish to be sad about it
or gay or gypsy or slavic
i just have to be human, because
it’s for everyone to see and know
see and know and remember
see and know and remember and be sad
so that maybe
one day the sadness will stop happening
so that maybe
one day no one will ever have to be sad again.

so anyway i watched the movie about Anne Frank
and at the end i caught myself thinking
wistfully: oh no, poor kid – oh wouldn’t it
be nice if she had lived
had come back home –

then i realised
that i should be thinking that
6 000 000 times over
and that’s a lot of zeroes.

Camilla Christie (grade 11)

Georgina Annenberg receives her certificate from visiting scholar Dr Debórah Dwork.

Georgina Annenberg of Herzlia Middle School with her entry, which received the Director’s Certificate of Merit

Miranda Kantor of Herzlia Middle School with her work “Nachamu Nachamu” (Comfort Comfort) which was highly commended for her meritous work.

Tal Hartuv receives his prize from visiting scholar Dr Debórah Dwork.

Tal Hartuv of Herzlia Middle School with his prize winning entry, “Backtrack”

Winning Art from 2007/8




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