European Day of the Righteous
"European Day of the Righteous is an event of the utmost importance to remember how the memory of evil can and should be the basis to nurture the memory and the daily practice of Good." So reads the note issued on 6 March 2015 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the third annual European Day of the Righteous.
Renzo Gattegna, President of the Union of the Italian Jewish Communities, affirms the universal value of the Righteous: "The Righteous of then and now - this is our hope for the future and the great value of the third annual European Day of the Righteous.
"The Righteous were necessary then and are necessary now, as well, thus we look at the at the Righteous of our present time". So said Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo president, in conclusion to the conference The memory of Good and education to responsibility, held on 3 March 2015 at Palazzo Cusani in Milan.
We publish the declaration of Their Excellences Captains Regent of the Republic of San Marino, H.E. Gianfranco Terenzi and H.E. Guerrino Zanotti, about the third annual European Day of the Righteous.
In Kigali a great ceremony will take place on 15 March. Yolande Mukagasana, witness to the genocide against the Tutsies, Righteous in the Milan Garden on Monte Stella Hill and director of the Rwandan Branch of Gariwo, sent us her wishes for EU Day of the Righteous. In French.
On 6 March 2015, European Day of the Righteous, the city of Assisi will enter Gariwo's international network with its own Garden of the Righteous, whose physical center will be the courtyard of the Bishop's palace, and will grow all along with true and symbolic trees and projects in all the city's territory.
The European Day of Righteous
The value of individuals and personal responsibility
On May 10, the European Parliament in Strasbourg adopted the Written Declaration establishing March 6th as European Day in memory of the Righteous.
The concept of Righteous, born from the elaboration of the Yad Vashem Memorial to remember the non-Jews who rescued the Jews, becomes the patrimony of all humanity.
The term "Righteous" is no longer confined to the Holocaust only; it becomes a point of reference for those who remember the genocide and totalitarianism in all their efforts to defend human dignity.
The significance of this decision is reminiscent of one of the cornerstones of European culture: the value of the individual and personal responsibility.