Apr 7 2015
Over 300 artists from Iran and countries such as France, China sent in entries for controversial competition. Hundreds of people from Iran and around the globe submitted entries for the Islamic Republic’s Second International Holocaust Cartoon Contest.
i24 News “839 artworks have also been sent to the secretariat, 686 of them have been sent to the cartoon section and 153 more are related to caricature section,” Secretary Masud Shojaei-Tabatabaii told the semi-official Fars News Agency, marking the second time since 2006 that the country has held the controversial contest, which makes light of the killing of 6 million Jews in Europe during WWII.
Organizers launched the cartoon contest centered on the theme of Holocaust denial in late January in response to French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s decision to publish caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.
(What they ignore is the fact that Charlie Hebdo mocked Jews and the Holocaust, too: Below)
This contest legitimizes Holocaust denial and encourages Holocaust deniers to continue their incitement. It ridicules one of the darkest events in human history, and it cheapens the death of millions of Jews who were murdered. The horrors of the Holocaust are still fresh in the collective memory.
The winner of the contest will receive a $12,000 cash prize and their cartoon will be shown at the Palestine Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran. Second and third place finalists will receive $8,000 and $5,000, respectively.
The first such contest was held in 2006, following Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten’spublication of cartoons depicting Mohammed. At the time, it drew 1,200 submissions from all over the world.
Moroccan artist Abdellah Derkaoui won the contest with a cartoon depicting a crane emblazoned with a Star of David constructing a wall around Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque. The wall formed a black-and-white photograph of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
While the below cartoon is not an entry in this contest, it’s a personal favorite: