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…
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.
Editorial by Stefano Levi Della Torre, essayist
“Is it possible to prevent mass atrocities [MAS]? Yes, but with great difficulty…
Editorial by Moni Ovadia, actor, playwright, writer and composer
As the recurrence that bears the name of “Holocaust Remembrance Day” approaches, I think every year it becomes more and more urgent to develop unconventional reflections about the deepest meaning that this national and European…
“Adopt a Righteous” is the call launched by Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 through an event whose protagonists are the students of the Milanese and Lombard schools. Meeting “Adopting a Righteous”. A force for our future belongs to the teaching project of Gariwo to make young people aware of the values of solidarity, participation and personal responsibility.
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.