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JUDAICA ART MEDAL AWARDS ANNOUNCED

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JUDAICA ART MEDAL AWARDS ANNOUNCED

Two medalists received the Mel Wacks Judaica Art Medal Award at the Tokyo FIDEM. Here's the press release.-Editor

Mel Wacks Judaica Art Medal Award Announced at FIDEM Tokyo 2020/2021

Mel Wacks Judaica Art Medal Award logoAt FIDEM Tokyo 2020/2021, the biennial Congress of the International Art Medal Federation, two medalists were chosen to share the Mel Wacks Judaica Art Medal Award, for Judaic, Biblical or Holy Land themes - Ewa Olszewska-Borys of Poland and Romualdas Incirauskas of Lithuania. Each will receive an engraved silver medal, courtesy of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, and will share the $250 prize money, presented by the Cincinnati Skirball Museum, home of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame Medal Collection. Wacks founded the Jewish-American Hall of Fame in 1969, and has served as its director since then.

 Judaica Art Medal Einstein obverseJudaica Art Medal Einstein reverse

Ewa Olszewska-Borys' medal, titled E=mc², is described in the catalog as:Albert Einstein predicted gravity waves first observed in 2015. The reverse of the medal shows the fusion of two black holes and the gravity waves this generates. The large (127 x 130 mm) rectangular cast bronze medal features a thoughtful Einstein in Ewa's dramatic personal style combining incused and raised surfaces.

 Judaica Art Medal  Chiune Sugihara

The other winning medal, by Romualdas Incirauskas, portrays Chiune Sugihara. It is also rectangular, measuring 150 x 150 mm, and described in the catalog as:Dedicated to Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara (1900-1986), who lived in Lithuania, in Kaunas, from 1939-1940. During World War II, he saved about 6,000 Jews from Lithuania, Poland and Germany by issuing them with Japanese transit visas. The medal is dedicated to [his] 120th birth anniversary. The symbols on the reverse convey the tragedy of the Jewish people. The reverse depicts a large Star of David intertwined with scenes of Jewish victims behind barbed wire fences of the death camps, with inscriptions:6000 lives and a quote from Matthew 5:6-10, ending withBlessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Collectors can contact these medalists for availability and pricing information at eob@wp.pl and incirauskas@gmail.com. For further information about the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, visit www.amuseum.org/jahf.

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