24 April - Comune di Milano (Milan City Hall), Sala Alessi - from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will be commemorated with an important Conference, with prominent speakers including Antonia Arslan, author of The Lark Farm, and Gariwo chairman Gabriele Nissim, author of La Lettera a Hitler about Righteous among the Nations Armin T. Wegner.
Editorial by Gabriele Nissim, chairman of Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous
In January 2002, when I presented my proposal for a European Day of the Righteous to the European Parliament, I inserted a clause to remember, along with those who had done everything possible to save Jewish lives, also those…
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. A Spanish journalist pointed out these are all signs of the "senseless goodness" put forward by writer and Gariwo chairman Gabriele Nissim.
“Adopting a Righteous. A force for our future”. 500 students of the schools of Milan and its province have responded to the call launched by Gariwo, taking part in the events planned for Holocaust Remembrance Day together with Paolo Kessisoglu, Gabriele Nissim and Pietro Kuciukian.
The author of Hitler's Willing Executioners Daniel J. Goldhagen explained in an article published on 24 January in the New York Times how the common feeling that the Holocaust was an "assembly line killing" is wrong. "Eliminationist ideology" is still the dominating feature of extreme evil in history.
Cultural dialogue with the world
Visions and awareness
Gariwo, the Garden of the Righteous, has been working on the concept of the Righteous for many years, with the goal of spreading the awareness of the importance of exemplary figures, those who show how to build a future of peaceful coexistence. This is important especially for the young people, who look for reference points to which they can relate the fundamental choices of life.
In recent years the interest towards the Righteous has greatly increased and this paradigm of moral resistance is essential for the development of collective consciousness on major ethical issues of our time.
We believe that the involvemnet of youth, the school operators, the academic, intellectual, artistic, media and public and private institutionsm is crucial to maintain and strengthen the cultural orientation, which takes this direction.