OUTREACH TO HUMANITY PROJECT IS PRESENTED AND EXHIBITED AT THE FINNISH PARLIAMENT
The Lessons of Survival. Conversations with Simon Wiesenthal, internationally acclaimed film by Inna Rogatchi had been exhibited and shown for two weeks in January – February 2018 in Helsinki, at the Library of the Parliament of Finland as a part of the OUTREACH TO HUMANITY project presenting the Helsinki Edition of the Inna Rogatchi’s acclaimed Shining Souls. Champions of Humanity exhibition.
The Helsinki Edition. 2018 of the Inna Rogatchi’s Shining Souls. Champions of Humanity exhibition has marked the official commemoration of the International Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 in Finland.
The exhibition and the project which has opened the week of the official commemorative Holocaust events in Finland has become the first one of its sort organised within the walls of the Finnish Parliament ever.
The exhibition which includes the Inna Rogatchi’s art photography and collages,mini-essays, selected documentary photography and bio-sketches, as well as the Inna Rogatchi’s famed documentary on Simon Wiesenthal is the one of the projects from the Outreach to Humanity series which are developed by Inna and Michael Rogatchi and are carried on by The Rogatchi Foundation.
The Helsinki Edition. 2018 of the Shining Souls is enlarged and renewed version of the previous Brussels Edition. 2017 of the project that has been inaugurated at the European Parliament in January 2017 in commemoration of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2017 and in memory of Elie Wiesel.
The title work of the Helsinki Edition. 2018 The Light of the Way is dedicated to the outstanding Finnish architect Rainer Mahlamäki, the author of several major international projects of memorial architecture, including the POLIN Museum in Warsaw and The Lost Shtetl Memorial Complex in Lithuania.
The Religion and Freedom of Religion inter-party Parliament Group had been the organiser of the exhibition, and its Chair MP Sari Essayah who is also the Chair of the Finnish Christian -Democratic Party, former Member of the European Parliament and internationally renowned politician and Olympic medalist, is the exhibition’s Patron.
At the Opening Event for the exhibition, MP and Patron Sari Essayah has greeted the event’ many participants, including the legendary Finnish politicians, diplomats, representatives of the Israeli and Austrian Embassies, senior journalists, academics, businessmen, leaders of the public organisations. Additionally to MP Sari Essayah, the greetings, Opening remarks and public addressing were said by the representative of the Israeli Embassy Susanna Rajala on behalf of the Ambassador of Israel to Finland and Estonia HE Dov Steinberg-Segev, the chairman of the Jewish communities of Helsinki and Finland and representative of World Jewish Congress in Finland Yaron Nadbornik, Chairman of the Finland-Israel Friendship Parliamentarian Group MP Peter Östman, the Guest of Honour, professor of architecture Rainer Mahlamäki, and the author of the project and exhibition Inna Rogatchi.
The Opening Event had been engaging and warm, with a large auditory of attending guests, their vivid interest and truly special atmosphere. The exhibition of the project had been visited by many people who all were staying there for a long time, watching the film, and reflecting on what they had been seeing and reading. It was successful, meaningful and rare event, according to its organisers from the Parliament and Library of the Parliament of Finland.