Inna & Michael Rogatchi’s Special Address to the Yad Vashem 60th Anniversary Misson

Michael Rogatchi. My Train. Oil on canvas, 1993.

In the year of commemoration of Yad Vashem’s 60th anniversary, and on the occasion of Yad Vashem’s 60th anniversary Mission taking place in Jerusalem during the week of June 16th, 2014, Inna and Michael Rogatchi have issued their Special Address to all their friends at Yad Vashem and to the participants of the Mission. In this address, Inna and Michael have presented to Yad Vashem their new joint work created in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Yad Vashem – For the Name and the Place, Inna’s short film reflecting the Holocaust and featuring the original art work of the artistic couple, In the Mirror of Shoah series of oil paintings by Michael Rogatchi, and Black Milk & Dark Stars collection of fine art photography and collages on the Holocaust theme by Inna Rogatchi. Complimenting the film is a literary essay under the same title which is an excerpt from Inna’s forthcoming book Dark Stars, Wise Hearts: Personal Reflections on the Holocaust in the Modern Times.

For The Name And The Place. Reflecting the Holocaust:

Inna Rogatchi has donated the license for her short film For the Name and the Place to the Yad Vashem Film Collection and Library, to be used there in the educational work of Yad Vashem.

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Yad Vashem’s 60th anniversary Mission started in mid-June 2014 in Poland and included commemorative events in Auschwitz-Birkenau, as well as in Krakow, Warsaw and Treblinka. The Israeli part of the Mission events included meetings and panels with experts on further preservation of Yad Vashem’s archives and collection, and effective education on the Holocaust.

From the Israeli side, a number of leading public figures took part in this memorable event, including Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, the Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev, Speaker of the Knesset Yoel-Yuli Edelstein, Commander of the Israeli Air Force Major-General Amir Eshel, and other distinguished figures.

Among the participants of the 60th Anniversary Mission visiting Yad Vashem have been the Honorable Tim Uppal, Minister of State for Multiculturalism of Canada; Canadian Holocaust survivor and Yad Vashem Benefactor Joseph Gottdenker, Canadian Friends of Yad Vashem Chair Fran Sonshine; Holocaust survivor and Yad Vashem Benefactor from France Maxi Librati and his son Thierry Librati; son of prominent French Holocaust survivor Simone VeilPierre Francois Veil; member of the Executive Committee of the American Society for Yad Vashem, Mark Moskowitz; longtime friend of Yad Vashem Yossie Hollander who supports the collection of names of the Shoah victims and Holocaust multimedia education; Yad Vashem Benefactor Colin Halpern who supports the Archive’s Virtual Personal Files; the President of the Chile Association for Yad Vashem David Feuerstein accompanied by his daughter and granddaughter Elena Puppi Gaon and Rosalyn Gaon; and Paul and Mineke Baan, who support Yad Vashem’s utilization of information technology in the service of Shoah remembrance.

The Rogatchi Foundation salutes all those people who contribute to a great extent to the ongoing vital work of Yad Vashem, and cordially thank all their good friends at Yad Vashem for their unparalleled contribution in making humanity yet more articulated, enforced and sustainable.