European Day of the Righteous
The Associazione per il Giardino dei Giusti (formed by Gariwo, City Hall and UCEI UCEI) has chosen the figures who will be honoured on the next European Day of the Righteous. The theme of the Day is "The moral and civil resistance of women for their dignity as a universal heritage”.
Gariwo chairman Gabriele Nissim, with Marc-Henri Fermont, relative to Moshe Bejski, met at the Quay d’Orsay with Patrizianna Sparacino-Thiellay. The encounter paved the way for cooperation in sight of the fourth celebration of European Day of the Righteous, on 6 March 2016.
Annalia Guglielmi, in-depth connoisseur and direct witness to Polish history, tells about the ceremony for the Righteous held on 27 April in Warsaw. The joy to celebrate the moral opponents to totalitarianism and genocide worldwide melted with the sorrow for the passing away of a Righteous Among the Nations, a great civil figure for Poland and the world.
Dogan Akhanli, German-Turkish writer and activist honored on 6 March, European Day of the Righteous, held a performance on his last day in Turkey, the country that imprisoned him for 4 months for denouncing the Armenian genocide. We are pleased to publish the text, based on his latest novel Die Richter des jüngsten Gerichts (the Judges of the Most Recent Court).
After the ceremony on Monte Stella hill on the occasion of European Day of the Righteous, 1st Marshall Roberto Mangione defined recognition to the women and men of the Coast Ward as “the most gratifying joy for our daily work of serving the cause of rescue.
The meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels, The Righteous and the values of European identity, marked the conclusion, for this year, of the celebrations of the third European Day of the Righteous, which this year are dedicated to the theme of resistance against fundamentalism and terrorism.
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.