Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, recognizes the European Day of the Righteous and thanks the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation for preserving the memory of the Righteous.
Editorial by Gabriele Nissim, Chairman of Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous
During Holocaust Remembrance celebrations it has occurred to me to be asked with a certain trace of controversy why I deal with other genocide cases besides the Holocaust and why I think that the category of the Righteous has a…
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.
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.