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​Runaway from occupied Croatia

Zeev Milo is 93 years old. The son to Croatian millers, a Jewish survivor to the Holocaust thanks to his runaway into the Italian zone of Yugoslavia, out of gratefulness for those who rescued him, he published several books about his story. Here we present an interview with him. 

Persecutions > Armenian Genocide

What Turkish Armenians have to say

What are the newest developments in the Turkish-Armenian relations in the year of the centenary of the Armenian genocide? What do the recent elections in Turkey mean for the Armenians? We hereby publish in French the article that Professor Michel Marian published in the last issue of Nouvelles d'Arménie.

Culture > Arts

"I'm optimistic about Egypt"

Writer Alaa al-Aswany recounts a picaresque Egypt, in which powerful people, humble peasants, women of all walks of life, intellectuals and gays interweave their lives suggesting a reality that defies the stereotypes about the Muslim world. We propose an interview the author, censored in his homeland and persecuted by Islamist extremists, granted to Le Monde

Culture > Arts

A culture of Peace to unify Syria

Heritage for Peace is an organization focused on the support of Syrian people in their struggles for protection and safeguard of the country cultural heritage. The project was developed after the idea of Isber Sabrine: together we talked about Palmyra, the link between culture and identity and his work for Heritage for Peace.

Righteous > European Day of the Righteous

​New Righteous in the Garden of Warsaw

Annalia Guglielmi, in-depth connoisseur and direct witness to Polish history, tells about the ceremony for the Righteous held on 27 April in Warsaw. The joy to celebrate the moral opponents to totalitarianism and genocide worldwide melted with the sorrow for the passing away of a Righteous Among the Nations, a great civil figure for Poland and the world.

Persecutions > Fundamentalism and Terrorism

The tragedy of Palmyra, seen by a Syrian

The conflict between the IS militias and the Syrian army for the conquest of Palmyra casts the shadow of destruction on one of the most important archeological sites worldwide. Nevertheless, the international alert issued by the Western media seems to ignore the condition of people - the stand of Eva Ziedan, Syrian activist and archeologist.

Culture > Arts

When the arts transmit memory

Francine Mayran, painter, ceramist and psychiatrist from Strasbourg, "born after World War II", expert at the Council of Europe, created portraits of the Righteous in the Holocaust and other genocide cases. In her opinion, all rivalry should be rejected in the name of a shared transmission of memory against indifference. 

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​The Righteous in the Mediterranean

editorial by Gabriele Nissim, Chairman of Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous; translated by Carolina Figini, 12 June 2015

In the Italian Parliament a historic event has occurred. For the first time, the definition of Righteousness has been employed to bring about those who devote themselves to rescue migrants fleeing hunger and persecutions across the Mediterranean. The greater merit goes to Hon. Milena Santerini, who presented the exemplary figures who act today in the same spirit as those who assumed moral responsibility for confronting the plight of the victims of Nazism.

What the Righteous in the Mediterranean and those of the Holocaust have in common is that they, albeit under completely different circumstances, acted in the chasm left behind by the international institutions.

The event

Conference "The Righteous in the Mediterranean Sea"

On 4 June at 10.30 a.m., the Senate of the Italian Republic will host the conference "The rescuers in the Mediterranean", with the participation of Gariwo chairman Gabriele Nissim and Italian-Eritrean activist Alganesh Fessaha, to whom we dedicated a tree and a stone in the Garden of the Righteous in Milan on past 6 March because of her involvement in the rescue of migrants. The event is dedicated to all those who commit themselves to saving human lives in the Mediterranean Sea, showing that everybody under any circumstances can make the difference. 

"The letter to Hitler"

Gabriele Nissim's book

Gabriele Nissim's latest book tells the story of Armin T. Wegner, witness to the Armenian genocide, the totalitarian drift of the Soviet Union and the Holocaust. It is a powerful account of how a "special German" defied the cruellest power to denounce persecutions against the Armenians and the Jews. 

For the victims of racist attacks

Poem for Charleston

The most acclaimed poet of South Carolina, Marjory Wentworth, composed verses to commemorate the victims of the racial shooting in Charleston. 

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Silvio Rivoir

the register office clerk from Torre Pellice who forged documents to rescue Jews and partisans