The Kappy Family Anne Frank Art & Writing Competition

The Kappy Family Anne Frank Art & Writing Competition seeks to empower and inspire today’s students to lead our world to a better future. Inspired by their parent’s stories of survival during the Holocaust, the Kappy family generously sponsors this competition to not only memorialize the victims, but to educate students about the dangers of hatred, prejudice, and discrimination. After creating a piece of art or writing inspired by Anne Frank, we hope that students will apply the lessons of the Holocaust throughout their lives by seizing opportunities to step up, take action, and make our world a better place.

Over the last two years, we received more than 400 entries from more than 40 schools in Oakland and Macomb counties. This year, our goal is to build on that success and expand the Competition to more students and more schools throughout Michigan.

2019 Competition


Why Anne Frank?
Anne Frank’s diary is one of the most widely read, relatable, accessible, and profound works of literature. Anne Frank was a young girl hidden in Holland during the Holocaust. She was the same age as the students invited to participate in this Competition, which makes her diary relatable to them. Anne’s diary is a good entry point for studying the Holocaust because it humanizes the victims by providing a glimpse into the lives of Anne and her family before, during and after the Holocaust.

We know what Anne Frank looked like. Her image humanizes the victims of the Holocaust in a way that no other Holocaust artifact can. We know about her life before she went into hiding; we know her private thoughts, feelings, and struggles; and we know how her life came to a tragic end. We also know about her family and friends, the helpers who risked their lives to protect them, and the perpetrators and collaborators whose hatred and indifference caused harm and destruction to millions.

Why Art & Writing?
In addition to providing one’s private and personal information, a diary also reveals the writer’s willingness to explore and express ideas. By inviting students to enter their art and writing into this competition, we are asking students to open their eyes, hearts, and minds to learn lessons from the Holocaust and to channel their learning into creative expression. This Competition provides students a space to meaningfully reflect, and gives voice to their thoughts, opinions, and ideas.


For more information, please contact:
Aliza Tick, Education Associate and Competition Coordinator,
at or 248.536.9617