The cultural challenge to terror in Europe
by Gabriele Nissim

The cultural challenge to terror in Europe

Fundamentalism and terrorism

A self-repeating scheme

The war between Iraq and Iran, the current context in Iraq and Syria, are here to prove that some passages of these past 38 years have somehow created a situation in which we have not been accomplices, but rather proper key actors of the scene. By Alberto Negri 


Education and love against hatred

The day of the attack during the Bardo Museum, 18 March 2015, has changed my life. Fate wanted me to face terrorism by saving the 45 Italians of the group I was leading. I will never forget about the anguish I experienced during the attack and while we were getting out of the Museum. By Hamadi ben Abdesslem


How to fight terrorism and fundamentalism

It is up to the entire world and the moderate Muslims to react with resolve against terrorists, to bring to an end to this dark page of the history of humanity, unconditionally. By Hafez Haidar


And if I met a terrorist?

I have always wondered: "What would I do, how would I behave if I ever had to find myself in front of a Muslim fanatic or terrorist who is about to carry out an attack, or more "simply" in front of someone 'radicalized'?". By Sumaya Abdel Qader


Topical issues

Let us grow a Righteous forest

On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Gariwo and the Young Muslims of Italy, together with Sumaya Abdel Qader, organized a visit to the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide of Milan, Sunday the 29th of January 2017.


Who destroys memory, can dominate the future

Museums and Monuments, when evocative and in good conditions, are powerful weapons against those who have carefully planned to demolish the beauty, to kill and eliminate any example of human and cultural sharing, to erase the memory of our society, composed by many aspects, cultures, realities. By Cristina Miedico


Hrant Dink's message still strong

An advocate of dialogue between Turks and Armenians and pluralism in Turkey, Dink was also remembered in the commemorations in Istanbul and in France, Germany, Italy, England and Canada on the tenth anniversary since his murder committed by an ultra-nationalist 


Day in memory of the Righteous of the Humanity

The search for new righteous continues

Today we are here to remember but at the same time we are here to pass on this memory. Neither of this is an easy task. We, therefore, rely on those persons of goodwill who have made their choices "despite everything", those Righteous, who in the course of history, in the face of genocide and mass killings, have defended human dignity and saved lives at the risk of their own. By Victoria Bagdassarian


The law about the Righteous as a free choice

What is the meaning of the law in honour of the Righteous of the humanity scheduled to discussion in the Parliament, which - as hon. Emanuele Fiano told us - we hope can be approved within the month of October? By Gabriele Nissim


Day of the Righteous: the memory of offense, the memory of choice

We would like to place the the memory of resistance, of choice, side by side with the memory of offense, which we want to keep safe from any attempt of denial, repression or indifference. We would like to place the Day of the Righteous side by side with Holocaust Remembrance Day. By Anna Foa


"My commitment to a law about the Righteous in Italy's Parliament"

"The memory of the Righteous calls everyone of us to his or her own commitment to democracy, fighting against racism and intolerance, countering any kind of violence and arrogance of man against the other men". We have talked about it with Emanuele Fiano, deputy and speaker of the bill at the First Committee.


"The Righteous. Normality that rebels against evil"

The draft bill for the establishment in Italy of the Day in memory of the Righteous of the Humanity was scheduled to discussion in the First Committee. We talked about it with Milena Santerini, President of the Parliamentary Alliance against hatred and racism of the Council of Europe and promoter of the bill.


  • About us

    Gariwo is the acronym of Gardens of the Righteous Worldwide.

    We are a Non-Profit Organization based in Milan, with international coworkers.

    Since 1999 we have worked to make the people aware about the Righteous: we think that the memory of Good is a powerful educational tool and can help prevent cases of genocide and crimes against Humanity.

    This is why we create Gardens of the Righteous worldwide and use the communication means, social networks and public events to spread the message of responsibility. From the European Parliament we have obtained the establishment of the European Day of the Righteous - 6 March.

    Our activity is supported by institutions, schools, volunteers, an International Scientific Committee and our 'Ambassadors'.

  • ​The Gardens of the Righteous

    The Gardens are like open books that tell the Righteous’ stories.

    They are public spaces, places of memory, meeting and dialogue. Here it’s possible to organize initiatives for students and citizens, to keep alive the examples of the Righteous all the year round, not only by planting new trees.

    The Garden of Milan was born in 2003 at Monte Stella Park. The Association for the Garden of the Righteous - formed by Gariwo, Milan City Hall and UCEI - was created in 2008, and it takes care of the Garden activities.

    Every year, a lot of Gardens arise in cities and schools in Italy and all over the world.

    Our aim is to create a widespread network to connect everybody who believes in these topics.

  • European Day of the Righteous

    On 10 May 2012, Members of the Parliament in Strasbourg approved Gariwo’s call – signed by citizens and representatives from the world of culture – establishing the European Day of the Righteous. 

    Starting from the definition of Yad Vashem, we have extended the meaning of the term “Righteous” including men and women who, in every part of the world, saved lives in all the genocides and defended human dignity during totalitarianisms.

    The date of 6 March has been chosen because it coincides with the death of Moshe Bejski, the creator of the Avenue of the Righteous in Yad Vashem.

    Every year we celebrate the example of the Righteous of past and of the present, to spread the values of responsibility, tolerance and solidarity.

Waiting for 6 March

On 10 May 2012 the European Parliament established the European Day of the Righteous in all genocide cases. Since 6 March 2013, we have thus celebrated the example of the Righteous to spread everywhere the values of responsibility, tolerance and solidarity. For 2017 we have chosen as theme for our ceremony on Monte Stella hill in Milan “The Righteous of dialogue: the encounter of diversities to overcome hatred”.

Genocide prevention

the analysis

Genocide prevention

editorial by Marcello Flores, historian and professor at the University of Siena, 3 February 2017

The convention on genocide, as its very title reads out, concerns prevention first and then prosecution (its full name is Convention for the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide), and it starts from the idea – which will be an often repeated slogan – of not letting those events repeat ANY MORE, also with the threat of bringing to justice whoever dared try to do so. Why had the international community to wait for the Nineties to resume talking about genocide?

Israeli and Jewish perspectives on genocide prevention
by Yair Auron
​The Righteous memory and the Memory of the Righteous
by Gérard Malkassian

The Crisis Of Our Time

In the face of the istitutional, moral and cultural crisis that is spreading all over Europe, Theatre Franco Parenti opens its doors to the project by Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous, and hosts 4 meetings on the moral issues of our times, through which a reflection will be developed on the Righteous.