Gariwo: the gardens of the Righteous

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Memory

​Genocide prevention worth lifetime’s effort

Yehuda Bauer embraced the perspective of universalization of the concept of genocide, better defining it as "mass atrocities", and called for closer cooperation between politicians and scientists to prevent persecutions.


Who's on trial, Eichmann or Arendt?

The book Eichmann Before Jerusalem (Ed. Alfred A. Knopf) by Bettina Stangneth appear to challenge Arendt's thesis of the "banality of evil", but this should not lead to deny the value of Arendt's challenge to Western thought. 


The Garden of Warsaw

Editorial by Gabriele Nissim, Chairman of Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous

Entering a garden of the Righteous provides a great deal of emotional stimuli, the most immediate one being perhaps gratitude. 

If Poland today, after a tragic history of vexations,


Remembering Moshe Bejski

Editorial by Marc-Henri Fermont, relative of Moshe Bejski

I am deeply moved today as I always  am when I participate in Ceremonies in the Gardens of the Righteous in Milan, but participating in the inauguration of the Gardens of the Righteous here in Warsaw on the square


Independence and Nakba

Israeli intellectual, former Knesset President and author of Defeating Hitler Avraham Burg assesses that Israel's Independence Day should be also an occasion to commemorate the Palestinians' expulsion or Nakba of 1948. Also to counter those who accuse Israel to practice "apartheid".


“Marine Le Pen, a non-isolated nationalist”

Interview with Patrick Cabanel, professor of Modern History at the University of Toulouse and author of book Histoire des Justes de France. He argues that the Front National has changed its image, yet remains an extremist, fiercely anti-European party. With sympathies in the left.


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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The story of the Jews

BBC documentary aired by PBS