European Day of the Righteous
The official confirmation from Brussels: we exceeded the 378 signatures necessary to establish the European day of the Righteous, those who have rescued and defended human dignity during genocides and totalitarianism. The approval of Written Declaration n. 3/2012 is a milestone, the first Declaration by the European Parliament in genocide prevention.
On March, 6 At Teatro Franco Parenti in Milan Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous held a party with witnesses and prominent figures of the worlds of art and culture to say thanks to the men and women who have stood up against and still oppose totalitarianism and crimes against the humanity.
We'll plant five new trees in the Garden of the Righteous to honour men and women who have been able to oppose totalitarianism and denounce genocides. Discover who these figures are through books and movies.
If you want to organize an event in your town or school, in the box below you will find an instructions manual, an easy, practical guide to help you build your 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.