Gariwo: the gardens of the Righteous

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European Day of the Righteous

In honor of Alga

We publish the Introduction journalist Luciano Scalettari, Africa correspondent of magazine Famiglia cristiana,wrote of Alganesh Fessaha's book, Occhi nel deserto (Eyes in the Desert), about the rescue of migrants in the Sinai.

​The force of Good

Editorial by Gabriele Nissim, chairman of Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous

On the eve of European Day of the Righteous, we publish Gariwo chairman Gabriele Nissim's editorial published on 2 March on the newspaper Avvenire (the Future). 

In 2012, when I

“Facing the dark times of history with empathy”

Ulrich Klan is writer, composer and teacher, He belongs to the founders of Armin T. Wegner Society, is its president and the editor of Armin T. Wegner`s books. We interviewed him about the celebrations of European Day of the Righteous on 6 March in Düsseldorf, the first one in Germany. 


"The Righteous in my homeland"

Dyana Shaloufi Rizek is one of the people in charge of Neve Shalom, a village inhabited by Arab Palestinians and Israeli Jews who on 10 March will celebrate the first International Day of the Righteous in all mass atrocities. We are honored to publish her reflections. 

European Day of the Righteous - 6 March 2015

“Then and Now, the Always Needed Righteous” is the theme chosen to celebrate the third annual European Day of the Righteous, established by the European Parliament upon Gariwo proposal. Calendar of celebrations in Milan, where a conference in the presence of Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni will precede the annual ceremony in honor of the Righteous, and  all over Italy and the world. 

Turin joins EU Day of the Righteous

Turin City Hall joined the European Day of the Righteous, that was set up by the European Parliament upon Gariwo proposal to remember the men and women who bravely rescued and defended the persecuted during genocide and totalitarianism.

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.


Interview to Ivan Havel, Vaclav Havel's brother

recorded at the EU Day of the Righteous held in Milan on 6 March

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