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Sally Roisman, born Sally Zielinski in 1930 in Poland, was torn from her family by the German occupation in 1939. Victoria Moyzis, born in 1995 in China, was abandoned on a train as a consequence of the One Child policy.
Historical events broke their families apart. At the 12th annual Holocaust Art and Writing contest at Chapman University on Friday, art brought them together.
The contest invites students to view testimony of Holocaust survivors online, then craft a piece of art or writing based on their impressions.
Entries are accepted from high schools and middle schools nationwide and are judged by a panel of luminaries and intellectuals including Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel. The top two entries in each category are awarded a cash prize, and first prize brings a trip to Washington, D.C.
Moyzis, a 10th-grader at JSerra Catholic High School, took the $500 first prize in prose writing in the middle school category. She embraced Roisman onstage after the ceremony. In her essay, she wrote about the pain of being separated from family.
“Like Sally, there are so many questions I would like to ask, and so many answers that I will never know,” Moyzis wrote. “The loss and uncertainty about our parents caused by discrimination unites us.”
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