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Caroline Stoessinger Lifetime Achievement Award 2013
Bestowed on pianist, author, producer and educator, Caroline Stoessinger, for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of philanthropic organizations, The Czech Republic, nations in the Developing World, and for her concerts and writings on Holocaust music.
Jerold D. Jacobson Distinguished Humanitarian Award 2011
Jerold D. Jacobson, a partner in Proskauer Rose, for his active participation in funding educational programs about the Holocaust, providing free legal services to Holocaust Survivors, and much more.
Dr. Ann Kirschner Distinguished Leadership Award 2006
Dr. Kirschner’s career has been an extraordinary rich mix of the academic and business worlds and of traditional and non-traditional forms of media. Currently Dean of CUNY Honors College and President and CEO of Fathom (the first interactive knowledge network associated with leading educational and cultural instutions), she earned her Ph.D in English at Princeton University. Before founding Fathom, Dr. Kirschner headed up new media for the National Football League (NFL), served as President of Comma Communications, and co-founded Satelite Broadcast Networks and PrimeTime 24. Previously, she was the director of New Business Development for Westinghouse/Group W Cable, where she won an ACE award in marketing. She was named one of New York Magazine’s “Millennium New Yorkers”. Dr. Kirschner serves on the Board of Directors of New York New Media Association, Theatreworks USA, the Topps Company, the Princeton Alumni Council, among others.
Sir Jack Polak Lifetime Achievement Award 2006
Born in the Netherlands in 1912, Sir Jack Polak pursued a career in finance and worked as a tax consultant before the war. He was an active member of the Zionist Youth Movement and in 1943 was captured and sent to the Westerbork deportation camp, then transported to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and liberated in April 1945 by the Russian Army. Jack and Ina (his wife of sixty years) immigrated to America in 1951. A prominent member of Shaarei Tikvah Congregation, he is Chairman Emeritus of the Anne Frank Center U.S.A., a member of the New York State Commission on the Holocaust, as well as a founding member of the Westchester Holocaust Education Center at S.U.N.Y. Purchase. In 1992 Queen Beatrice of the Netherlands honored Jack Polak with a knighthood, and in 2004 Hofstra University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate. In addition, he has been honored by U.J.A., B’nai B’rith, Board of Regents of SUNY, the State of Georgia, the Smithsonian Institute, and others.
Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld Humanitarian Award 2004
For his extraordinary caring and active involvement in numerous diversifed community and social-minded organizations.
Edwin Schlossberg Lifetime Achievement Award 2004
For his creative work at the Ellis Island American Family Immigration History Center and the St. Paul's 9/11 exhibit, among many others.
Daniel Libeskind International Visionary Award 2003
The son of Holocaust survivors, Daniel was born in Lodz, Poland in 1946. His family moved to Israel, where the precocious 11-year-old won an American-Israel Cultural Foundation music scholarship, then on the New York, where he spent his teen years attending Bronx High Scholl of Science. He left music to study Architecture at Cooper Union and followed that by post graduate work at Essex University in England. After many years of teaching, he won the competition to design the Holocaust Jewish Museum in Berlin in 1989, where he moved to and set up his first architectural office. The project took more than 10 years to complete, but when it opened in 2001, it was ecstatically acclaimed by critics and public alike. This was followed by his designs for the Felix Nussbaum Haus in Osnabruck, Germany; the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, England; and the spiral extension at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His ideas have influenced a new generation of Architects and those interested in the future development of cities and culture.
Lorraine Beitler, Ed.D., L.H.D. Lifetime Achievement Award 2003
Dr. Beitler has been active throughout her life in defending democratic ideals--particularly in education and human rights. Currently, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of New York City College of Technology, an honorary curator of the University of Pennsylvania, with service on the Executive Committee for the National Workshop on Christian-Jewish Relations, and a Lifetime Member of the N.A.A.C.P., her sponsorships include educational programs for the Association of College Unions International, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the U.S. Military Academy. Dr. Beitler’s renowned collection on the “Dreyfus Affair” has been presented across three continents. This fall, it will tour Central Europe with a presentation at the Cultural Center in Auschwitz, Poland. The Dreyfus exhibition reflects Dr. Beitler’s personal philosophy—to promote tolerance and an awareness of the responsibilities of the individual in a democracy. Lorraine Beitler has been widely acknowledged as a leader in the development of programs that create understanding and respect among diverse groups.
Dr. Arlene Sussman Recognition Award 2002
For her dedicated efforts to fight and prevent breast cancer.
Gregg Marcus Humanitarian Award 2002
For his exemplary devotion in educating the young.
Michael J. Bode Lifetime Achievement Award 2002
For his participation in a number of admirable charitable causes.
Archbishop Khajag Barsamian Vision Award 2001
Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America. He has served as Chief Bishop since 1990. Archbishop Barsamian is a leader in numerous ecumenical organizations.
Henry Ostberg Lifetime Achievement 2001
For his many philanthropies in a variety of charitable causes. He believes that individuals have choices and that real charity does not exist, unless one gives up something important to himself. The strength of his moral and ethical character is a shining light for others to follow.
Emmett, Mark and Phillip Laffey Humanitarian Award 2001
In recognition of their gallant stand against prejudice and persistent battle for equality. They have shown both in their personal and business lives, a quality that the future and well being of our country will depend upon. They have also, with their deeds and actions, shown a sensitivity and respect for survivors of the holocaust.
Jewish Foundation for the Righteous Humanitarian Award 2000
Organization which helps support people who helped save Jews from the Holocaust under threat to their own lives.
Abraham H. Foxman Lifetime Achievement 1998
National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) since 1987, is world-renowned as a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism, bigotry and discrimination. A Holocaust survivor, he is a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, appointed by Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton. Born in Poland in 1940, Mr. Foxman was saved from the Holocaust by his Polish Catholic nursemaid.
John Tamberlane Humanitarian Award 1998
President of the Consumer Banking Division, Republic Bank of New York, born and educated in New York, has achieved recognition for his work in social and community services. He serves on the Boards of Neighborhood Housing Services, The Enterprise Foundation of New York City, and as Executive Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra.
James Ingo Freed Lifetime Achievement 1997
Architect of the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. This unusual edifice has attracted a great amount of interest and attendance from people of all faiths. The survivors will never forget James Ingo Freed for his extraordinary genius, sensitivity and judgement he used in building this museum so that the Holocaust will never be forgotten.
Hirair, Jirair, Kevork & Vahkan Hovnanian Humanitarian Award 1997
Powerful individual leaders in real estate development, building and telecommunications, joined in building a bridge between emerging Republics of Armenia and Karabagh. The bridge titled "The Hovnanian Brothers Bridge" is the only means of physical communication between the two countries.
Very Rev. James Parks Morton Lifetime Achievement 1996
Is retiring after 25 years of making the largest Cathedral in the world a mecca of international events. This great center now has a world wide reputation not only for the spectacular size of its edifice, but also for its breadth of vision and largeness of heart. The Dean has truly built a monument to humanity.
Roman Kent Humanitarian Award 1996
Born in Lodz, Poland, spent five years in various concentration/extermination camps. He came to the U.S. fifty years ago, attended school here and with hard work and persistence rose to become a very successful C.E.O. of an international trade company. A philanthropist and a humanitarian, he is one of the great national leaders of the Holocaust Survivors movement.
Ben & Esther Geizhals Humanitarian Award 1995
Esther was born in Lodz and spent four years in the Lodz Ghetto. She was sent to Auschwitz and other camps. Ben was born in Krakow and is a survivor of four concentration camps. He is past president of Krakow Society and a member of the American Federation od Polish Jews. Executive Board Member of Bnai Zion, he is active in many other organizations to which he and his wife devote their energies and their lives.
Dr. Lucian Dobroszycki Lifetime Achievement 1994
Born in Lodz, is a distinguished historian and author of numerous books on the Holocaust and its aftermath, including "the Chronicles of the Lodz Ghetto, 1941-44". He has dedicated his life, after surviving Auschwitz, to recording the horrors of the Holocaust.
David Baigelman (posthumously) Humanitarian Award 1994
Born to a musical Lodz family, was a violinist and conductor, and a popular figure in the Lodz Ghetto. He wrote many songs expressing the tragedies of daily life. In 1944 he was deported to Auschwitz and died of exhaustion in a slave labor camp in February, 1945.
Levon Ter Petrossian Freedom & Peace Award 1994
A scholar of ancient Armenian history, he had played a key role in the founding of independent Armenia. Became the first democratically elected President of Armenia in 1991.
Rita J. & Stanley H. Kaplan Humanitarian Award 1993
Mr. Kaplan, the founder and chairman of the Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Centers, and his wife, Rita, Have been in the forefront of unselfish philanthropy in support of arts, education, religion, health and social welfare for many years. They are the founders of the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Comprehensive Cancer Center at NYU and serve on the boards of many Philanthropic institutions, too numerous to list here.
Robert C. Rosenberg Humanitarian Award 1992
Chairman and CEO of Grenadier Reality Corp., one of New York's most innovative real estate management firms, and First Senior Vice President of the world renown Starrett Housing Corp. Mr. Rosenberg has been on the frontlines of the battle to improve living standards in the nation's urban centers for more than three decades. He has received numerous awards for his many professional and humanitarian endeavors and accomplishments including most recently the 1992 Brooklyn Unity Award for developing Starrett at Spring Creek as a model-multi-ethnic community. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, He serves as President of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, is a trustee of the American Symphony Orchestra League and is a Trustee of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Mr. Rosenberg resides in New York City, is married and has four sons.
Charles I. Petschek Humanitarian Award 1991
A member of a very prominent banking family in Europe, is a great philanthropist, member of the board of the NY Philharmonic. ICOR extends special thanks for his unforgettable support of the First Concert of Remembrance in 1990.

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