European Day of the Righteous
The Associazione per il Giardino dei Giusti di Milano unveiled the exemplary figures who will be honored during the annual ceremony on Monte Stella Hill on the occasion of 6 March, EU Day of the Righteous. The new trees will be dedicated to Mehmet Gelal Bey, the men and women of the Coastal Ward of Lampedusa, Razan Zaitouneh e Ghayath Mattar, Rocco Chinnici e Alganeh Fessah.
Milan City Administration assigned the are of the "Garden of the Righteous Worldwide” of Monte Stella hill to the Associazione Giardino dei Giusti di Milano, which will curate the realization of the redesign project in sight of Expo 2015.
Gabriele Nissim, chairman of Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous, is among the personalities whom Milan City Hall decided to award with the Golden Ambrogino, the civic merit dedicated to the town's Holy Patron.
Gariwo Sarajevo dedicated a ceremony to assigning awards for civil courage in the name of Dusko Kondor. In 2014, during the European Day of the Righteous, the awarded were Milan Levar, Vlado Trifunovic, Asmir Fatkic and Visnja Marilovic. Milan Popovic, received an honorable mention for his civil courage.
Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, recognizes the European Day of the Righteous and thanks the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation for preserving the memory of the Righteous.
The European Day of the Righteous was celebrated all over the world, here are some examples of how and where it was celebrated.
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.