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The Rogatchi Foundation HUMANISTS OF THE YEAR 2018 AWARD

Posted 5/12/2018

The Rogatchi Foundation is pleased to announce four laureates of our HUMANIST OF THE YEAR 2018 Award

The Rogatchi Foundation is very pleased to announce the winners of the HUMANIST OF THE YEAR Annual Award for 2018. We especially glad to announce our winners at the time of the Hanukkah 5779, the Jewish holiday symbolising light and hope, strength and endurance, and the projection of prevailing of the forces of good via conscious human effort in the most daring circumstances.


On December 5, 2018, there are four candles are kindled at the Hannukiah, traditional Jewish festive 8-branch candle-holder. Four candles corresponds to the number of our laureates for year 2018.


Inna Rogatchi (C). Hannukah. Night Four. Light of the Light series. 2015.Inna Rogatchi (C). Hannukah. Night Four. Light of the Light series. 2015.



The HUMANIST OF THE YEAR is awarded by The Rogatchi Foundation to the people who contributed in unique and meaningful way into the cause of humanity in different areas of arts, science and education.


Among the HUMANIST OF THE YEAR distinguished recipients are world famous pianist and composer Maestro Evgeny Kissin, prominent sculptor Varda Yoran, philanthropist, history and art expert Glynn Cohen, Ambassador Dr Elisabeth Kehrer, the author of the POLIN Museum, architect, professor Rainer Mahlamäki, and many others.


Following the tradition of our Foundation, each of the winners will be awarded Special Diploma and an unique art work created specifically for the individual laureates.



Our laureates of year 2018 are:



Prof. DOMENICA TARUSCIO  - Director of the Italian National Institute of Rare Diseases, chair of the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium ( IRDRC), founder of the Il Volo di Pegasso Italian National Award in Arts, Music and Literature, Rome, Italy: for founding and carrying on unique system of harmonious integration of arts, literature and music with psychological care, uplifting motivation and enduring humanistic effort among children, teenagers and adults, and for delicate and enriching creative care of the people suffering from rare diseases and their families.




Prof. Domenica Taruscio is awarded with  Special Diploma for Outstanding Contribution Into the Humanist Support of Life, and Art Award:


 Michael Rogatchi (C). Amadeus Waltz. Indian ink, oil pastels on dark-blue cotton paper. 35 x 50 cm. 2018. 





Dr RACHEL PERRY - prominent art historian, author of profound research on the destinies and art of the Jewish artists from the Ecole des Paris who had perished during the Holocaust, chief curator of the Arrivals, Departures exhibition, USA-Israel: for extra-ordinary in depth and detail Arrivals, Departures project ( teaching course and major exhibition) on the art and life of the Jewish artists from the Ecole des Paris, sustainable humanistic teaching methodology, visionary art curatorship, in overall, the high act of humanism which has become a notable contribution into the art history of the Holocaust.









Dr Rachel PERRY is awarded with Special Diploma for  Outstanding Humanist Effort in Art Educationand  Art Award:  



Ecole des Vitebsk. Crystal engraving  18 x 12 x 8 cm, after Michael Rogatchi’s Ecole des Vitebsk drawing on Inna Rogatchi’s archival print (ะก). Unique. 2018. 



Father PATRICK DESBOIS - extra-ordinary historian of the Holocaust, founder of the Yahad-In-Unum organisations, writer, professor of the Georgetown University, France-USA, for his personal quest for truth, unlimited compassion, and determination and ability to build up serious organisation defending humanity on the matters of Holocaust and persecuted Yazidis, for his exemplary books ( the latest one In Broad Daylight was published in 2018), for his outstanding and unwavering humanity.  






Father PATRICK DESBOIS is awarded with Special Diploma for Outstanding Contribution into the Teaching of Humanity Values, and Art Award:



Michael Rogatchi ©.  Yiddishe Mama. Oil on canvas. 60 x 50 cm. 2018.





Film Director SAULIUS BERZINIS - prominent film maker, well-known for his over 20 films on the history of Litvaks and Holocaust, founder of the Independent Holocaust Research Archive, Vilnius, Lithuania, for his ongoing tireless and noble work of uncovering and restoring the truth about tragedies of the Holocaust, for his understanding and kindness towards the people he is bringing out of oblivion, for his essential contribution into the forthcoming The Lost Shtetl Museum and Memorial Complex in the matter of donating to the new memorial his priceless archive for the benefits of the future generations.






Film director SAULIUS BERZINIS is awarded with Special  Diploma for Outstanding Contribution into the Collective Memory on Holocaust, and Art Award:



Inna Rogatchi ©. The Song of Our Souls II. Drawing on the archival fine art print. 60 x 50 cm. 2018.


All these people are doing their extra-ordinary humanitarian work during decades. By awarding them with our Humanist of the Year Award, The Rogatchi Foundation would like to express our deepest gratitude to our dear laureates for their ongoing noble efforts. We wish them to be healthy, robust and motivated as they always are, to bring more fruits from their ongoing noble work. The fruits which are simply indispensable for life if each and all of us.


The ceremonies of the Humanist of the Year 2018 Award presentations will be hold in Rome, Vilnius, New York and Israel  in the beginning of 2019 at special ceremonies.


Warmest congratulations to our great, special and wonderful laureates of the HUMANIST OF THE YEAR 2018 Award!


The Rogatchi Foundation Board


December 5, 2018




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