Students Learn About America's Response
to Holocaust by Creating Editorial Cartoons
Several hundred middle-school and high-school students attended a recent Wyman Institute
program at the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, a prominent Jewish day school in Rockville, Maryland. The event included a display of "Cartoonists Against the Holocaust: Art in the Service of Humanity," (click here to see the exhibit) the Institute's exhibit of 1940s editorial cartoons that challenged America's response to news of the Holocaust. In his remarks to the students, Dr. Rafael Medoff spoke about the handful of editorial cartoonists who used their art to raise public awareness of what was happening to the Jews in Europe. Many of the students subsequently took part in a Wyman Institute contest in which they designed their own cartoons, as if they were editorial cartoonists in the 1940s who were trying to alert the public about the Nazi genocide or press for U.S. intervention to rescue refugees.
The Wyman Institute's panel of judges for the contest consisted of Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer (replacing Will Eisner, who recently passed away); Joe Kubert, legendary comic book artist and editor; internationally known artist Mark Podwal, whose illustrations appear frequently on the op-ed page of the New York Times; "Dry Bones" cartoonist Ya'akov Kirschen; Adam Kubert, one of the top artists at Marvel Comics; and Rena Fruchter, director of the Deborah Lerner Gross Jewish Cultural Arts Center at the Hebrew Academy. The prizes will be awarded at a special ceremony this spring, which will include a public exhibit of the winning cartoons.
The Wyman Institute is now preparing to hold the "Cartoonists Against the Holocaust" program and contest in other schools around the country.
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