Ashlyn Elggren was named this year’s winner in the art category of Chapman University’s Holocaust Art and Writing Contest, in which students are asked to create work in response to survivors’ oral testimonies as a way to learn about themes central to the Holocaust and ethical decision-making in today’s world. Other categories in the contest, which is open to middle and high school students worldwide, include film, poetry and prose. The results were announced in the spring.
The first-place winners, along with their parents/guardians and teachers, received a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and other sites. We caught up with Elggren after she returned.
Name: Ashlyn Elggren
School: Trabuco Hills High School
Grade: 12 in the fall
Hometown: Mission Viejo
Q: What mediums do you work in?
A: Pencil, watercolor, acrylic.
Q: Tell us about your participation in the Holocaust Art and Writing Contest and your trip to Washington, D.C.
A: In my art class at school, the Holocaust Art and Writing Contest was a project that my whole class participated in. We were assigned to listen to a testimony of a Holocaust survivor and create an original piece of art based on that testimony. I listened to the testimony of Irma Meyers and was touched by her memories of Kristallnacht, or Night of the Broken Glass. I based my watercolor on her…