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"Keeping The Memory Alive - Journeys through the Holocaust" International Poster Design Competition


The "Keeping The Memory Alive" Poster Design Competition is a joint project supported by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) between Yad Vashem (coordinators), in cooperation with the London Jewish Cultural Centre, United Kingdom, the European Shoah Legacy Institute, Czech Republic, the 2014 Canadian IHRA Chairmanship, and the Holocaust and United Nations Outreach Programme.

Hundreds of entries were submitted after students of art and design (the vast majority of whom bear no personal connection to the Holocaust) were invited to create original posters on "Keeping The Memory Alive- Journeys through the Holocaust," corresponding with the designated theme of the United Nations Holocaust and Outreach Program in 2014. National juries from the UK, the Czech Republic, Canada, Israel, and from United Nations Information Offices in Vienna, Moscow and Jakarta selected 94 finalists from their respective regions to be considered for the exhibit. An international jury, comprised of experts in both design and in Holocaust education from all partner countries, selected the best 16 designs for the display.

The "Keeping The Memory Alive" posters will be mounted around the world to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January 2014 in high-profile governmental, civic and educational settings including parliaments and UN offices. Additionally, a lesson plan which will be created by pedagogical experts will be used for Holocaust education extensively by IHRA-affiliated organizations the world over. The competition, built on a successful launch in 2012, guarantees outreach on the subject of Holocaust remembrance in an accessible and meaningful form across the world.

Above, L-R: 3 Winning Designs: Caitlin McGinn, Canada (1st); Carling Hind, Canada (2nd); James Alonso, UK (3rd)

16 Exhibit Poster Designers: Caitlin McGinn, Canada; Carling Hind, Canada; James Alonso, UK; Denisa Avuková, CZ; Michael Wasylyshen, Canada; Karolína Bořánková, CZ; Grinka Ksenia, Russia; Marko Watt Kunst Stones, Slovenia; Caroline Leger, UK; Ellie Maskell, UK; Veronika Šišková, CZ; Joakim Sundal, Canada; Ofer Shemesh, Israel; Lenka Štukhejlová, CZ; Zhorzh Ekaterina, Russia; Vicky Lench, UK.

International Jury: Alexander Engels, Director, Moscow Jewish Heritage History and Holocaust Museum, Russia; Helga Weiss Hošková, Artist and Holocaust survivor, Czech Republic; Shulamit Imber, Pedagogical Director, International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem; Louise Jacobs, Director, London Jewish Cultural Centre, UK; Dr. Kathrin Meyer, Executive Secretary, IHRA; Dr. Carson Phillips, Head of Education, Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, Canada; Fanny Sigler, Creative Consultant, retired Creative Director Central Office of Information, UK; Kim Simon, Managing Director, USC Shoah Foundation; David Tartakover, Graphic Artist and Israel Prize Laureate, Israel; Ondřej Zámiš, Graphic Artist, Czech Republic.

For more information, please contact international.poster [at]

Top photo: Right-left Minister Jason Kenney, Caitlin McGinn, Carling Hind, Avner Shalev, Jane Jacobs, at the presentation of prizes for the "Keeping The Memory Alive" Poster Competition, Toronto, Canada