Notre Dame College Conducts Essay Contest, Concluding Ceremony for Art Exhibit

In conjunction with its current “KinderToys: The Courageous Children of the Holocaust” exhibit, the Notre Dame College Clara Fritzsche Library is sponsoring an essay contest to relate the toys, games, drawings and books by and about the youngest victims of Nazi persecution in the display to the resilience of human spirit and common bonds among youth in all nations and all times.
The contest is for middle and high school students and carries a cash prize of $200 for the winner in each age group. In addition, the winning essays will be included in future installations of the exhibit.
Essay entries are due December 11, and winners will be announced during an awards ceremony from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, December 20─the last day of the exhibit─at the library.
The awards ceremony will include a short lecture from Louise Prochaska, Ph.D., professor of theology and women’s studies at Notre Dame and the KinderToys project’s humanities scholar. Prochaska will integrate comments from visitors to the exhibit in her presentation. Exhibit artist Boni Suzanne Gelfand also will provide concluding remarks during the ceremony, and essay contest winners will be invited to read their papers.
The ceremony, which will include refreshments, and the exhibit are both free and open to the public.
To enter the essay contest, middle school students (grades 5-8) are asked to write letters (500 words or fewer) to one child or group of children their age that they learned about in the exhibit. The writers should describe a favorite toy and how it helped them cope with a frightening time, while reflecting on the children of the Holocaust and other children living in difficult situations in the world today.
High school students (grades 9-12) can submit essays (1,500 words or fewer) relating the significance of toys, stories or songs from their childhoods and describing how they could help provide toys to give hope to children in need in their local communities. 
Judges for the contest will be Prochaska, Gelfand and Karen Zoller, director of the Clara Fritzsche Library.
Children related to the judges or Notre Dame employees are not eligible. Entries should be submitted electronically to
The KinderToysexhibit is sponsored by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council,a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It may be viewed during library hours from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1-10 p.m. Sunday.
Learn more about the artist and the exhibit online.
Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. Enter campus from South Green Road. For additional information, contact Karen Zoller at 216.373.5267 or at
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