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European Day of the Righteous

​The words of Alganesh Fessaha

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.  

​“Human life is the most precious good”

""The women and men whom we honor in the Garden of the Righteous, a place for memory and participation, were in love with democracy and justice". So Milan's Mayor Giuliano Pisapia praised the exemplary figures honored on 6 March on Monte Stella Hill. The testimonies of the Righteous' families and friends. 

Remembering Mehmet Gelal Bey

Hereby we publish the remarks of Honorary Consul of Armenia and Gariwo co-founder Pietro Kuciukian, held at the Garden of the Righteous on Monte Stella Hill on 6 March 2015, in honor of the vali of Aleppo Mehmet Gelal Bey.

6 March in Italy

The celebrations of European Day of the Righteous saw the participation of numerous Italian towns, which, through meetings, conferences, shows, documentaries, books and planting of new Gardens, have paid tribute to all those who have fought and still fight against genocide and to defend human dignity.

Testimony of Rana Zaitouneh

"The long road is riddled with obstacles and mines. Only luck determines whether a person crosses it safely. This dark road is lit only by faith and the shattered remains of dreams." -- Razan Zaitouneh

Message from Ghayath Mattar's message

Every mother in this whole wide world has a single heart, tear and tremble.. Ghayath's mother delivered a message to Rana Zaitouneh for the European Day of the Righteous Ceremony. 

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.


Interview to Ivan Havel, Vaclav Havel's brother

recorded at the EU Day of the Righteous held in Milan on 6 March

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