Gariwo: the gardens of the Righteous

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Dialogue and Reconciliation

2011 Dusko Kondor Prizes assigned - in memory of the witness killed by the nationalists

Honours were bestowed on the figures of civil courage in the former Yugoslavia. The Prize commemorated the Gariwo coworker who was murdered in 2007 to prevent him from testifying in court about a massacre of Muslims. 

The Righteous saved the honour of Italy - message from the President of the Italian Republic

The Head of the Italian State has written to the President of the Gardens of the Righteous Worldwide Committee and announced that he will remember the participation of the Italian Jews in the "Risorgimento" in the Ceremony to be held at the "Quirinale".

Senseless Goodness - the secret of the Righteous, second reprint

Presentation of Gabriele Nissim's new book La bontà insensata. Il segreto degli uomini giusti (Senseless Goodness. The secret of the Righteous), published by Mondadori, for Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

Turkey sentenced for Hrant Dink murder - historic verdict of the European Court

Ankara was found guilty for not protecting the journalist's life and freedom of expression. The family was granted a compensation of 105,000 euro.

Hrant Dink’s lawyer died - he was found hanged in his flat

Hakan Karadag, plaintiff lawyer at the trial against Hrant Dink’s murderers, was found hanged in his Istanbul flat on Friday 4 June. Three years after the Armenian journalist’s murder the Turkish court failed to hand down a sentence against the confessed criminal.

The Righteous and the European conscience - final meeting of the "Storia e Memoria" contest

Bologna - 25th May 2010
The meeting "The Righteous, totalitarianism and European conscience" marks the conclusion of the national Contest organized by Fermi scientific high school for the Network Agreement “Storia e Memoria” (“History and Memory”) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.

Dialogue and reconciliation

it is the Righteous, rather than the victims or the persecutors. to speak to the future generations

In the torn social fabric of a country where a genocide case or other crimes against the humankind have occurred, it is very difficult, even after many years, to resume a kind of dialogue to re-establish relationships and rebuild civil coexistence between the victims - including survivors or their relatives, refugees and their heirs - and the persecutors, accomplices or passive bystanders. To this we should add the role of the State, its officials and government members, who often try to deny what occurred and refuse taking up the - however apparent - responsibilities of the massacres. Only the reaction and heeding ability of those who have not bowed their heads to the uniformation of behaviour within the group of the persecutors and have refused to conform to a conduct which conscience cannot approve, can allow people to resume a kind of communication which is able to combine the need for truth and the assumption of responsibility with an opening to future hope and a shared project-making. The Righteous are the only ones who have what it takes to do that.

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