More than 90 schools and 5,500 students participated in the contest. Organizers say the purpose was to educate middle school and high students about the lessons of the Holocaust.
Each student was given a visual testimony from Holocaust survivors and had to communicate their thoughts and ideas through prose, poetry or art.
Chapman University's Marilyn Harran said the students focused on how the forces of intolerance had shattered the identity of people who were the same age as the students participating in the contest. They also got a chance to meet dozens of those Holocaust survivors.
The event was co-sponsored by The "1939" Club, the largest Holocaust survivor organization in California.
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