Gariwo: the gardens of the Righteous

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dedicated to the Righteous from all over the world

On 24 January 2003 in Milan we inaugurated a space dedicated to the Righteous worldwide in the wide green area of Monte Stella hill. Every year we plant new trees in this Garden to honour the man and women who have helped the victims of the persecutions, defended human rights wherever they were trampled on, safeguarded the dignity of the Human Being against all kinds of annihilation of his/her free and conscious identity, born witness to the truth against the repeated attempts to deny the perpetrated crimes.


To each of these exemplary figures we dedicate a prune, which is planted during a ceremony in the presence of the Righteous themselves or of their relatives, and a granite memorial stone placed in the meadow below. The first trees have been dedicated to the great inspirers of the first Gardens of the Righteous in the world, in Jerusalem, Yerevan and Sarajevo: Moshe Bejski for the Righteous in the Holocaust, Pietro Kuciukian in honour of the Righteous for the Armenians, Svetlana Broz for the Righteous against ethnic cleansing.


Since 13 November 2008 the Garden has been run by the Associazione per il Giardino dei Giusti di Milano, which was founded by Milan City Hall, the Union of the Italian Jewish Communities and the Gardens of the Righteous Worldwide Committee-Gariwo.


The Garden was created upon suggestion of Gabriele Nissim, Chairman of the Gardens of the Righteous Worldwide Committee, to dedicate a symbolic place of the town to the memory of the exemplary figures who morally resisted totalitarianism and genocide from all over the world. 

Garden of the Righteous Worldwide inauguration

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Ceremony at the Garden of the Righteous of Milan 2016

In honor of Halima Bashir, Flavia Agnes, Vian Dakhil, Sonita Alizadeh, Azucena Villaflor and Felicia Impastato

Milan honours Palmyra's "keeper" Khaled al-Asaad

through dedication of a tree in Righteous Garden and International Archaeological Conference

Ceremony at the Garden of the Righteous of Milan 2015

in honor of Mehmet Gelal Bey, Alganesh Fessaha, Razan Zaitouneh, Ghayath Mattar, Rocco Chinnici and Guardia Costiera

Ceremony at the Garden of the Righteous of Milan 2014

in honor of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Papa Giovanni XXIII, Beatrice Rohner, Nelson Mandela, Giuseppe Sala, Don Giovanni Barbareschi and Fernanda Wittgens

Ceremony at the Garden of the Righteous of Milan 2013

in honor of Vaclav Havel, Dimitar Peshev, Fridtjof Nansen and Samir Kassir

Ceremony at the Garden of the Righteous of Milan 2012

In honor of Primo Levi, Claire Ly, Yolande Mukagasana and Ayse Nur Zarakoglu

Ceremony at the Garden of the Righteous of Milan 2011

In honor of Jan Karski, Sophie Scholl, Aleksandr Solženicyn, Romeo Dallaire and Armin T. Wegner

Ceremony at the Garden of the Righteous in Milan 2010

In honor of Giacomo Gorrini, Enrico Calamai, Vasilij Grossman, Marek Edelman, Guelfo Zamboni and Neda Agha-Soltan

Ceremony at the Garden of the Righteous in Milan 2009

In honor of Hrant Dink, Pierantonio Costa, Anna Politkovskaja, Dusko Kondor, Italian Righteous between Nations and Khaled Abdul Wahab