Gariwo: the gardens of the Righteous

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Jewish in the city, a plaque for the Righteous

Start on Sunday 29 May of the third edition of Jewish and the city. Within the festival programme, an important initiative organised in cooperation with Gariwo: at  4 pm at the Central Synagogue in Via Guastalla, placement of a plaque dedicated to the Righteous worldwide.


Who Betrayed the Jews?

Agnes Grunwald-Spier is a distinguished member of Gariwo Scientific Committee. Born in Budapest in July 1944, she and her mother were sent to the ghetto there in November 1944, and were liberated in January 1945. This year she published Who Betrayed the Jews? a groundbreaking study that examines the various ways Jews were betrayed by their fellow countrymen during the Holocaust.


Destruction perpetrated in the name of diversity

Editorial by Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo chairman

The news from the United States, with the success of Donald Trump – who seeks to build fences against Mexicans and Muslims –, from Germany with the success of the new rightwing and the refusal to accept migrants in Central-Eastern


Gabriele Nissim awarded with Fiuggi History Prize

Tuesday 23 February a ceremony is to be held in the Refectory Room of San Macuto Palace - Camera dei Deputati in via del Seminario in Rome, to award the winners of the sixth edition of Fiuggi-Storia Prize.


The Multicultural Heritage of Anatolia

In the online map created by the project of the Hrant Dink Foundation to list monuments, churches, synagogues, monasteries, schools, hospitals, cemeteries set up by Armenians, Greeks, Syriacs and Jews and reveal the contribution of these communities to the historical and architectural heritage and the social development of the country.


Palmyra, "my native realm"

Editorial by Maria Teresa Grassi, Università degli Studi di Milano - Director of the Italian-Syrian Archaeological Mission to Palmyra, Pal.M.A.I.S.

Crossing the Syrian desert from Damascus to the Euphrates, nearly half way you find a big oasis – and this is normal in every desert of this world – and a great Roman city – and this is certainly less frequent.


Memory

Remember the past in order to build a future

The International Committee of the Armenian Righteous. Memory is the Future was founded by Piero Kuciukian in order to commemorate those who went against the genocide of 1915. The title emphasises the function of the memory, which is not a nostalgic look back in history, but a a clear sense of the past to build a future without making old mistakes.
The memory has many solutions and presents conflicting results, either positive or negative depending on how it is treated. Reflections on the previous events help us to understand the present, which means to search for the coordinates that allow us to interpret new situations with awareness of the dangers or opportunities that are triggered by certain mechanisms such as cultural, social and individual. The experience of the genocides of the twentieth century, the phenomenon of totalitarianism, resulted in the devastating world war, the balance of power during the Cold War, provide very precise indications on the geopolitical hegemony and humanitarian frifts to be avoided, while the example of the Righteous, their varied efforts on behalf of the persecuted, the demand for freedom, independence of thought and the instance of the defense of human dignity, are to be taken to avoid the pitfalls of arrogance, denial of truth, the rejection of diversity, closing the other, unilateral decision.

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