The Phoenix Holocaust Association has selected the winners of its Student Writing and Art Contest held in honor of its 36th anniversary. Students in 7th-12th grade were encouraged to submit original creative work to highlight their personal experiences with a Holocaust survivor or their participation in last year’s Holocaust by Bullets exhibit. Contest categories included writing, visual arts and performance arts.

The committee received submissions from across the state, according to Kim Klett, a member of the PHA board of directors and a teacher at Dobson High School, who coordinated the project.

“We were thrilled to have so many students participate, using the creative arts to talk about their experiences learning about the Holocaust,” said Kim.


This year’s winners are:

Grade 7/8 Visual Arts:

1st place: Finn Feldman, Grade 7, School:  Cocopah (85254)

2nd place:  Jacob Maskin, Grade 8, School:  Pardes (85050)


Grade 9/10 Performing Arts

1st place:  Ava Maskin, Grade 10, School:  ASU Prep (85050)


Grades 7/8 Writing

1st place:  Trinity Zlotoff, Grade 8, School: Greenfield (85296)

2nd place:  Theo Josephs, Grade 8, School:  Cocopah (85254)


“We have long worked with schools across the state to bring survivors and their families into the classroom to help teach about the Holocaust,” said Sheryl Bronkesh, president of the Phoenix Holocaust Association. “This creative arts contest is just one way for the students to share their experiences.” 

The winners will be acknowledged at a virtual ceremony on May 16, 2021 at 4 pm. The video of the winning performance arts piece, a ballet, will be shared and Marion Weinzweig, a local Holocaust survivor, will provide remarks.  

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About the Phoenix Holocaust Association

The Phoenix Holocaust Association was incorporated in 1985 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.  PHA is a partnership of Holocaust survivors, their descendants and the larger community, whose mission is to honor the memory and legacy of the survivors and victims, promote awareness of the Holocaust, provide education of this and other genocides, and contribute to tikkun olam, repair of the world.