Gariwo: the gardens of the Righteous

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Matteo Renzi and Angelino Alfano for the Righteous

in support to European Day of the Righteous

“Let's celebrate European Day of the Righteous, that reminds us of the lofty value of the memory of Good, to underline the importance of remembering all Righteous people who in every time have opposed genocide and all forms of totalitarianism”. This was the statement of Italy's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Angelino Alfano, to mark this recurrence. "In particular" said Alfano, "this day is dedicated to the Righteous of dialogue against hatred, those who oppose terrorism and fundamentalism: they are the Righteous of our times”.

Also Matteo Renzi, Secretary of the Democratic Party (PD), has expressed his adhesion and support to 6 March. "European Day of the Righteous aims at recalling the whole of us to the duty of expressing gratitude and solidarity to those people who have struggled and still fight against any form of violence and oppression to affirm the reasons of civil coexistence, tolerance, and life. In every time there have been women and men who have not bowed to fanaticism, and risking or their own have saved human lives and defended human dignity. Their deeds shall be honoured even more today, in the face of a wave of terrorism that aims at plunging the world into an abyss of hate and pain",

6 March 2017

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.


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