Meeting at Florence Mandela Forum for Holocaust Remembrance Day, in the presence of Matteo Renzi, Holocaust survivors, a witness to the Cambodian genocide and many students. Gabriele Nissim, Chairman of Gariwo, called for everybody to remember that each of us, even in the direst situations, has the opportunity to act for a better world.
Juan Gutierrez, one of the hosts at recent "Cities destroyed by war" meeting in San Sebastian, told Gariwo about the way Spain tackles Holocaust Memory. Here, the Righteous rescuers are centre-stage. Also, a Memory Law was passed in 2007 to rehabilitate the memory of the victims of Francoism.
Corriere della Sera editorialist and correspondent to Athens Antonio Ferrari told Gariwo about the way Greece commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Days. Between worries about the presence of the Golden Dawn movement and the memory of war. Righteous figures like Guelfo Zamboni can serve as bridges between Greece and Italy.
Editorial by Ulianova Radice, co-founder of Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous
In these days of frantic activism leading up to Holocaust Remembrance Day, two women--both of them Jewish--publicly expressed their unease, landing a moral blow to our proverbial stomachs.
Anna Foa wrote an editorial for
"In Germany Holocaust Memorial is not about celebrating 27 January. It is not about celebrating at all. It is about mourning and reflecting about murder of the Jews of Europe. We are aware that as Germans we cannot offer reconciliation. That could be offered by the Jews only. What we do is remembering Holocaust victims all year round". So said Ulrich Klan, President of Armin T. Wegner Foundation based in Wuppertal and Berlin.
Over 400 students participated in project "Adopt a Righteous" put forward by Gariwo Teaching Committee, enlivening the Garden of the Righteous of Milan with readings, writings, drawings and flowers.
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.