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Etty Hillesum: Every atom of hatred that we add to the world makes it inhospitable

If one thing is not hate, quite anouter is love your enemies. How can you love your enemies? In her quest for an answer, Hillesum reflects on the presence of evil in men and got persuaded that it is not onlu the enemy that hosts evil, but good and evil are rooted in every human being. By Klaas Smelik


The Humanity Must Grow Up

I was born in Mali in a family that taught me the respect of the others, whatever their faith or belief, to be able to live together. This is wealth This is why on the day of the attack I thought of what my mothers had told me. by Lassana Bathily


The Memory of the Polish Righteous

We started our cooperation with Gariwo to bring to the European Parliament the proposal to establish European Day of the Righteous. On 6 March 2013 the Honorary Committee of the History Meeting House was founded, which over time changed its name into Committee for the Garden of the Righteous of Warsaw. By Piotr Jacubowski


A two-year long wait...

I do not know from where to start and I frankly do not find the appropriate words to descrive what I am living today, a day I had longed for for two years. It was a very strong wish of mine, this longing for a meeting, which was rather, a reunion. My emotion is srong after what we have experienced. By Hamadi ben Abdesslem


Ants and Cicadas

The word resistance has two meanings. Often, when you resist repression, you find yourself in a defensive position. I have reflected on this issues especially after the serious torture I have endured. By Pinar Selek


Why fear Raif Badawi?

"States based on religion close their peoples in the circle of faith and fear". This sentence could have been uttered in several different countries in the world. Its author is Raif Badawi and the fear he mentions is the fear of free voice, an independent opinion, a critical voice. By Riccardo Noury


The "Righteous"

Examples of the resistance against evil

The history of the twentieth century is dramatically marked by crimes against humanity, such as genocide of the Armenian people in 1915 - '16, the Holocaust during the Second World War, the gulag during the period of communism, the tragedies of Rwanda and the Balkans in the 90s. In each of these extreme situations, there were men who found the strength to oppose the evil, following their principles and personal responsibility.
If people can not track down specific parameters of the figure of the "Righteous",  then if they will not catch the common features present in all genocidal experiences. What matters is the ability to listen to their conscience, to defend the principle of humanity beyond the constraints of ideological, religious, political, or ethnic, social and cultural rights.
The paradigm is the valuable experience of the Commission of the Righteous at Yad Vashem, expanded and deepened in the sign of universal reflection on man.