A chance visit to a recent street fair in Terre Haute turned out to be lucky for one local 8-year-old artist.
Landon Boland, the son of Christina and Matt Boland, Staunton, submitted a drawing for the first-ever "Holiday Peace Card Contest" sponsored by CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center while visiting activities at the Vigo County Public Library Sept. 24-26.
The purpose of the contest was for all young people to depict their idea of "peace" and then select the top 12 designs to be featured in a holiday collection that would be sold as a fundraiser for the museum/education center.
"My mom said it would be a good deed," Landon recently told The Brazil Times.
Out of 568 entries, Landon's drawing of two people asking to stop war was selected. Landon was awarded a $50 savings bond, a book from CANDLES and a set of the holiday cards during a public reception to introduce the winners at the Indiana Theater, located at the corner of 7th and Ohio Streets, Terre Haute, Friday evening.
CANDLES, founded in 1995 by Eva Mozes Kor, is an acronym for the words "Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors."
Kor, along with her twin sister Miriam Mozes Zeiger and some other 200 children who were also twins, survived the genetic experiments of Dr. Josef Mengele when the Auschwitz Concentration Camp was liberated in January 1945.
The CANDLES Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the Holocaust and of the Auschwitz twins.
"It's nice to win," Landon said, adding that he has toured the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, 1532 S. 3rd St., Terre Haute. "I learned about the star and what it meant. I even found one in the museum in a basket. It was very interesting."