European Day of the Righteous
Editorial by Gabriele Nissim, Chairman of Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous
Kaludka Kiradzieva, Dimitar Peshev’s niece, has left us. Together with her sister Kicka, she took care for years of the Vicepresident of the Bulgarian Parliament, the…
Dyana Shaloufi Rizek is in charge of the Museum of Neve Shalom-Wahat Salam WASNS, a cooperative village inhabited byJews and Palestinian Arabs, all Israeli citizens,where celebrations for 6 March, European Day of the Righteous, were held on 10 March for the first time in Israel. We interviewed her about her activity to promote the example of the rescuers in the Israeli-Palestinians conflict.
Dyana Shaloufi Rizek tells Gariwo about her experience at hosting the first European Day of the Righteous ever held in Israel and about the chosen theme, "The Righteous in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict".
On March 9th 2015 for the first time in Israel, a seminar was taking place under the title: Rescuers in genocide and humanitarian disasters human made. On March 10th Gariwo's Israeli branch was inaugurated in Neve Shalom. Yair Auron remembers those who, during dark periods of manmade humanitarian disasters, ethnic cleansing and genocide, did not succumb to the popular current.
Past and Present, the always Needed Righteous - organized by Gariwo - Garden of the Righteous of Prague, for the third annual European Day of the Righteous. International Conference on 11 March from 4 to 7 p.m. at Goethe Institut in Prague followed by concert Komitas/Sahakiants, liturgy for string instruments performed by the Orchestra of Karolina University directed by Haig Utidjian.
On 6 March 2015, European Day of the Righteous, all the Righteous and their relatives were asked to deliver a speech. Here are the moving words of Italian-Eritrean activist, director of the Gandhi NGO, Alganesh Fessaha.
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.