Poster Contest. 55th anniversary of Auschwitz concentration camp
To mark the approaching 55th anniversary of Auschwitz concentration camp, the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum organized a contest for students at artistic secondary schools all over Poland. They were asked to make a poster on the theme "The Memory of Auschwitz."
The regulations specified the aims of the contest: January 27, 2000 marks the 55th anniversary of the liberation of the largest Nazi death camp. The principal intention of this contest is to serve as a reminder and commemoration of the tragedy of the people who suffered and died here from 1940 to 1945. Their tragic death and martyrdom should be a warning against war and the consequences of racism, the lack of respect for others, and criminal ideologies.
The jury met on January 6. Nominated by the Museum, the jurors were: - Jozef Szajna (chairman), former Auschwitz concentration camp prisoner, director, artist, member of the International Board of the Museum;
- Krystyna Oleksy, vice-director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum;
- Teresa Zbrzeska, director of the Exhibitions Department of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum;
- Piotr Kutryba, artist;
- Teresa Swiebocka, director of the Publications and Information Department of the Auschwitz-Birkennau State Museum.
The jury chose the following prize winners:
- First Prize (1000 zloty, printing of the award-winning poster) - Agnieszka Sowinska, State Artistic Secondary School in Bielsko-Biala;
- Second Prize (700 zloty) - Magdalena Filipska, State Artistic Secondary School in Zamosc;
- Honorable Mention (200 zloty) - Jakub Lewandowski, State Artistic Secondary School in Bydgoszcz;
- Honorable Mention (200 zl) - Dorota Popiolek, State Artistic Secondary School in Lomza;
- Honorable Mention - Rafal Wojtunik, State Artistic Secondary School in Bydgoszcz;
- Honorable Mention - Adrian Kolodziejczyk, State Artistic Secondary School in Bydgoszcz.
Prizes were awarded and an exhibition of the prize winners and other selected entries opened at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum on January 28, 1000. The works will be on exhibit from January to May 2000.