35th Annual Akron-Summit Holocaust Arts and Writing Commemoration and Awards Ceremony


April 18th, 2023 (6:00pm-7:30pm)

Main Library

60 South High Street
Akron, Ohio 44326

The Akron-Summit Council on Holocaust & Genocide Education will hold the 35th annual Akron-Summit Holocaust Commemoration and Awards Ceremony on April 18th, 2023 at the Akron-Summit County Public Main Library Auditorium beginning promptly at 6pm. Please arrive by 5:45pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Daniel Blain, second generation Holocaust Survivor and CEO of the Jewish Community Board of Akron will speak on his experiences related to this year’s Arts and Writing Contest Theme ‘Lest We Forget: Preserving the Record of the Holocaust.’

Additionally, the winners of the 35th Annual Akron-Summit Holocaust Arts & Writing Contest, a contest held for Summit County students grades 6-12 to promote education about the horrific events of the Holocaust along with other genocides, will be presented with their awards. The winning students’ artwork and writing pieces will be displayed at the Akron-Summit Main Library from March 27th, 2023 through April 24th, 2023 and on our website

The Ceremony will be hosted by Martin H. Belsky, University of Akron professor emeritus of law and Chair of the Akron-Summit Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education.

The Akron-Summit Council on Holocaust & Genocide Education is supported by Summit County, the City of Akron, Akron-Summit County Public Library, the Jewish Community Board of Akron, and donations from the community. To help continue Holocaust awareness and educate the youth in our community, donations can be made at

“The annual Holocaust Arts and Writing Contest allows today’s students to reflect on the atrocities of the Holocaust and to creatively engage with the lessons of the past,” said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. “These lessons are vital to ensuring that the leaders of tomorrow never forget what can happen when hatred is tolerated. I look forward to seeing the outstanding content that our students have created.” 

“The annual Holocaust Arts & Writing Contest and Commemoration provides our students and families with an opportunity to reflect, learn, and promote justice and love in our community,” said Executive Shapiro, “I invite residents of Summit County and Akron to attend this year’s event and to support the incredible work of our students.”