European Day of the Righteous
The Director of Gariwo Sarajevo Svetlana Broz tells about the celebrations of European Day of the Righteous in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Here, a big annual ceremony is planned for bestowment of Dusko Kondor Award on people who stood out for or affirmed civil courage in the former Yugoslavia.
3 March 2015 at 6 p.m., Palazzo Cusani, via Brera, 15 - Milan: "The European Day of the Righteous – The Memory of Good and Education to responsibility” in the presence of Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Milan's Mayor Giuliano Pisapia, the Commander of the NATO Response force in Italy Riccardo Marchi and the Dean of Milan's Consular Corps, Massimo Baggi.
Editorial by Shady Hamadi, Syrian writer and activist
Nowadays it seems as though there were a struggle between two opposed fronts: on the one side the Syrian regime of Assad, on the other side the IS fundamentalists, with nothing in the middle. No one remembers what has happened since 2011…
We first met Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for the Middle East, in 2008, when he had just published Among the Righteous. Lost stories from the Holocaust's long reach into Arab lands.
Then and now, the Ever Needed Righteous” is the theme chosen for this year's celebration of European Day of the Righteous, that was set up upon Gariwo proposal by the European Parliament. Gariwo is preparing for the celebration by planning many events in Italy and Europe.
Interview with Dogan Akhanli, writer who was jailed many times in Turkey, whose books tell about the unveiling of the Armenian identity of Turkish and Kurdish characters seemingly far from that culture. Akhanli, who struggled for truth about the murder of Hrant Dink and the memory of the Metz Yeghern, will be honoured on 6 March in Berlin on the occasion of European Day of the Righteous.
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.