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"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.


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. 


Persecutions > Armenian Genocide

If the Holocaust were called a "massacre"

Israel Charny and Yair Auron were invited by the Armenian government to speak at the Centennial Observance of the Armenian Genocide in Yerevan, in April 2015. Here is one of their Haaretz articles criticizing Israel for allegedly refusing recognition to the Armenian Genocide out of a "self-serving" attitude. 


Persecutions > Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Righteous in the Milan Garden

Many are the Righteous who opposed the Metz Yeghern - the Great Evil, the genocide against the Armenians that started 100 years ago.


Persecutions > Armenian Genocide

The Memory of the Armenian Genocide

100 years after the Metz Yeghern, the "Great Evil" that hit the Armenian people, many towns remember the genocide perpetrated by the Young Turks through exhibitions, meetings, readings and conferences.


Persecutions > Armenian Genocide

Hrant Dink-Street in Gezi Park

Dogan Akhanli, German-Turkish writer and activist honored on 6 March, European Day of the Righteous, held a performance on his last day in Turkey, the country that imprisoned him for 4 months for denouncing the Armenian genocide. We are pleased to publish the text, based on his latest novel Die Richter des jüngsten Gerichts (the Judges of the Most Recent Court).  


the analysis

​When self-sacrifice leads to evil

editorial by Gabriele Nissim, chairman of Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous, 26 May 2015

Does self-sacrifice necessarily lead to the accomplishment of Good? This is the key question that the stimulating book by Israeli philosopher Moshe Halbertal, On Sacrifice, raises on this subject. An established habit to follow a certain kind of Catholic morals would seem to suggest this.

Those who renounce themselves in the name of an upper good, be that a cause such as revolution, self-sacrifice at war, or putting one’s aspirations aside to fulfil the dreams of one’s parents, would deserve our appreciation anyway. However, things are not really so easy. 


Happy Birthday Sir Nicholas Winton!

Nicholas Winton

Nicholas Winton was born in England on May, 19 1909. In 1938 he became a stockbroker in London. In September of the same year Hitler invaded the Czechoslovak Sudetenland. Winton was about to leave for a skiing holiday, when he received a phone call from a friend at the British Embassy in Czechoslovakia: "I need your help. Don't bother bringing your skis."  He would save 669 Jewish children arranging train trips to London. 


"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. 

The movie

The Cut

Fatih Akin, German director with Turkish origins, recalls the facts and the story of an Armenian father of two girls during the terrible years of the Armenian Genocide, in the occasion of its Centenary.


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