Gariwo: the gardens of the Righteous

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Turkey is heading out of Europe after the referendum
Interview with Cengiz Aktar

Turkey is heading out of Europe after the referendum

The crisis of Europe and the Righteous of our time

If History repeats itself

"The resurfacing of nationalism comes at a price. It may cost us our stability and peace". The remarks by Konstanty Gebert, brilliant pen of Polish journalism and Solidarity exponent, at the third meeting of the series “The crisis of Europe and the Righteous of our time".


Europe is necessary, but this does not mean it is possible, as well

"Now there are no alternatives to political unity. Europe is thus necessary, but this does not mean it is also possible". Philosopher Massimo Cacciari's remarks at the meeting "The crisis of Europe" organized by Gariwo in cooperation with Franco Parenti Theatre.


Emotion Europe

"We can no more afford a romantic vision of Europe, the one of the Manifesto of Ventotene, but we shall rethink and rebuild the Union". The remarks by journalist Ferruccio de Bortoli at the meeting The crisis of Europe.


The Tales of the Righteous

Ants and Cicadas

The word resistance has two meanings. Often, when you resist repression, you find yourself in a defensive position. I have reflected on this issues especially after the serious torture I have endured. By Pinar Selek


The Humanity Must Grow Up

I was born in Mali in a family that taught me the respect of the others, whatever their faith or belief, to be able to live together. This is wealth This is why on the day of the attack I thought of what my mothers had told me. by Lassana Bathily


Why fear Raif Badawi?

"States based on religion close their peoples in the circle of faith and fear". This sentence could have been uttered in several different countries in the world. Its author is Raif Badawi and the fear he mentions is the fear of free voice, an independent opinion, a critical voice. By Riccardo Noury


Every atom of hatred that we add to the world makes it inhospitable

If one thing is not hate, quite anouter is love your enemies. How can you love your enemies? In her quest for an answer, Hillesum reflects on the presence of evil in men and got persuaded that it is not onlu the enemy that hosts evil, but good and evil are rooted in every human being. By Klaas Smelik


The support to the European Day of the Righteous

The Memory of the Polish Righteous

We started our cooperation with Gariwo to bring to the European Parliament the proposal to establish European Day of the Righteous. On 6 March 2013 the Honorary Committee of the History Meeting House was founded, which over time changed its name into Committee for the Garden of the Righteous of Warsaw. By Piotr Jakubowski


Matteo Renzi and Angelino Alfano for the Righteous

The words of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Angelino Alfano and the Secretary of the Democratic Party Matteo Renzi in support to European day of the Righteous, reminding us of the importance of dialogue and good.


From Malta the support to 6 March

The words by Dr. Ruth Farrugia, Director General of the President's Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society in Malta, express the support to the European Day of the Righteous and to those who fought and are still fighting against persecutions.


Fundamentalism and terrorism

​ Tahar Ben Jelloun: "We must tell the truth to our children "

If intellectuals of Muslim faith or culture had the courage today to speak out putting forward Tahar Ben Jelloun’s arguments, not only we would advance in the cultural and political battle against Islamist terror, but we also would leave less scope to those who seek to create a climate of fear and suspicion toward Muslims.


The new European jihadists

The remarks by Olivier Roy, political scientist, at the meeting "The cultural battle against Islamic fundamentalist terrorism", second of the series "The crisis of Europe and the Righteous of our tiime" held by Gariwo in cooperation with Teatro Franco Parenti. 


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


  • 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.

We stand with Gabriele del Grande

General Mobilization in Italy

Gariwo adheres to the general mobilization in honor of the young italian journalist and documentarist Gabriele del Grande who is under unjustified detention in Turkey, at Mugla's identification and expulsion camp. Since April 9 he is detained by turkish police and his charges are still unknown.
The general mobilization are scheduled for April 20; in the city of Milan, supporters of Del Grande are going to gather at 6 pm in front of Palazzo Marino. Gariwo is going to be present.

The first meeting, after two years

the analysis

An intense wait that lasted for two years...

editorial by Hamadi ben Abdesslem, 14 March 2017

I do not know from where to start and I frankly do not find the appropriate words to descrive what I am living today, a day I had longed for for two years. It was a very strong wish of mine, this longing for a meeting, which was rather, a reunion. My emotion is srong after what we have experienced. 

European Day of the Righteous at Milan's Garden
Raif Badawi, Pinar Selek, Etty Hillesum, Lassana Bathily and Hamadi ben Abdesslem
The Righteous tell about their experience and deeds
to mark European Day of the Righteous

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