2022-2023 Poetry For Peace Competition
The Poetry for Peace prize is granted by the Miriam Felicia Lindberg Memorial Peace Foundation to honor poetry written by survivors of the Holocaust and their children in order to help emerging writers develop their craft. The Poetry for Peace prize recognizes poetry that not only inculcates the horrors, apprehensions and trepidation of the Holocaust into words but also serves to provide insight how variations of the heinous monstrosities could happen again. The Poetry for Peace prize is committed to encouraging the creation of original works of poetry and empowering both the survivors and their children to utter the incomprehensible in a personal nature.
In 2022, The Miriam Felicia Lindberg Memorial Peace Foundation sought submissions for its 2022-2023 competition.
The Holocaust era and the Pandemic era:
Lessons to be learned – Reflecting on the past to protect the future.
The competition was open to any poem written by a person (1st Generation) and/or child of a living or deceased person (2nd Generation) who between January 30, 1933 and May 7, 1945 were displaced, persecuted, or discriminated against due to the racial, religious, ethnic, social, and political policies of the Nazis and/or their collaborators.
The Miriam Felicia Lindberg Memorial Peace Foundation was eager to find as many Holocaust survivors who wrote poetry and their children, for this Poetry prize winning contest.
The Awards Ceremony was held on the eve of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 26, 2023) in Jerusalem.
Holocaust Survivor Prize: (for original poetry written by a survivor of the Holocaust ) was granted to David Lenga for his poem “Idzie wiosna” ( Spring in the ghetto).
Second Generation Prize (for original poetry written by a child of survivor of the Holocaust ) was granted to Judit Frigyesi Niran for her poem Girls on the balcony
Here was the program of the ceremony:
Winner of the 1st Generation Prize
Reading the Poem: “Idzie wiosna” ( Spring in the ghetto)
Holocaust Survivor Sharing
The Daughter of Many Mothers
The Quintessence of it all
(a poem about Rena Quint)
Eva Ariela Lindberg
Master of Ceremonies
Granting of the Prizes to the winners