On 6 March 2015, European Day of the Righteous, the city of Assisi will enter Gariwo's international network with its own Garden of the Righteous, whose physical center will be the courtyard of the Bishop's palace, and will grow all along with true and symbolic trees and projects in all the city's territory.
Ulrich Klan is writer, composer and teacher. He belongs to the founders of Armin T. Wegner Society, is its president and the editor of Armin T. Wegner`s books. We interviewed him about the celebrations of European Day of the Righteous on 6 March in Düsseldorf, the first one in Germany.
Dyana Shaloufi Rizek is one of the people in charge of Neve Shalom, a village inhabited by Arab Palestinians and Israeli Jews who on 10 March will celebrate the first International Day of the Righteous in all mass atrocities. We are honored to publish her reflections.
When the opportunity arose, to nominate two Righteous people from Syria for recognition as Righteous in cooperation with Gariwo, I immediately thought of Razan Zaitouneh and Ghiyath Matar. These two figures embody the third way for Syria, and even more the third way undertaken by the Arab world, the one that opposes religious fundamentalism and totalitarianism.
Turin City Hall joined the European Day of the Righteous, that was set up by the European Parliament upon Gariwo proposal to remember the men and women who bravely rescued and defended the persecuted during genocide and totalitarianism.
It was short after Midnight of 27 February when Boris Nemtsov, 55-year old politician known for being one of Putin’s fiercest opponents, was killed by 4 firearm shots on the bridge that leads to the Red Square, one of the most surveilled places of the country.
Not only the Muslim civil society mobilized in Oslo to create a "peace ring" to protect the Jewish Community after the Copenhagen attacks. The Great Imam of Al Azhar also called for reform of religious teaching to counter extremism. El Pais pointed out these are all signs of the "senseless goodness" put forward by writer and Gariwo chairman Gabriele Nissim.
3 March 2015 at 6 p.m., Palazzo Cusani, via Brera, 15 - Milan: "The European Day of the Righteous – The Memory of Good and Education to responsibility” in the presence of Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Milan's Mayor Giuliano Pisapia, the Commander of the NATO Quick Response force in Italy Riccardo Marchiò and the Dean of Milan's Consular Corps, Massimo Baggi.
Waiting for 6 March
We publish the Introduction journalist Luciano Scalettari, Africa correspondent of magazine Famiglia cristiana,wrote of Alganesh Fessaha's book, Occhi nel deserto (Eyes in the Desert), about the rescue of migrants in the Sinai.
European Day of the Righteous
the picture created by Sabina Schkolnik Saad for EU Day of the Righteous
The Righteous of the week
Alganesh Fessaha has Eritrean origins, though she’s been living in Italy for 40 years. Ayurvedic medicin specialist, she is the co-founder and president of the Gandhi NGO. It is because of the strength of her voice, the voice of an uncensored truth, that she obtains the Peace Award by the President of Regione Lombardia in 2009... We will honor her on European Day 2015.
The rescue endeavour performed by the Coast Guard, from Lampedusa to all of Italian coasts, can be considered as a professional duty. Actually, women and men struggling to save the hopeless en route to Italian coasts do it with a sense of humanity and a spirit of sacrifice that goes far beyond the mere compliance of a duty, to the point of endanger theirselves’ safety. We will honor them on 6 March 2015 in the Milan Garden of the Righteous for European Day of the Righteous.