International Poster Design Competition - Keeping the Memory Alive

In June 2010 the European Shoah Legacy Institute - in cooperation with Yad Vashem of Israel and the Mémorial de la Shoah in France - launched an international poster competition to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day. The project’s objective was three-fold: to stimulate the younger generations to actively participate in Holocaust remembrance; to raise public awareness of January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day; and to support social discourse on the importance of remembering the Holocaust. The project was co-financed by the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (ITF).

The jury selected the winning works which were exhibited on International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, 2012 at the United Nations building in New York and in other prestigious venues in at least twenty-eight countries around the world.

The second round of the Poster Design Competition “Keeping the Memory Alive” was launched in 2014 as a joint project between Yad Vashem (Israel), the European Shoah Legacy Institute (Czech Republic), the London Jewish Cultural Center (UK), 2014 Canadian International Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Chairmanship, and The Holocaust and United Nations Outreach Programme (OSN).

Hundreds of entries were submitted from students of art and design – most of whom held no personal connection to the Holocaust. National and international Juries selected the best 16 designs which were displayed to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, 2014, in high-profile governmental, civic, and educational settings including parliaments and UN offices worldwide. Additionally, a lesson plan was created by pedagogical experts that was used for Holocaust education extensively by IHRA-affiliated organizations the world over. The 2014 competition, built on IHRA’s successful launch of the competition in 2012, guarantees outreach on the subject of Holocaust Remembrance in an accessible and meaningful form across the world.