Gariwo: the gardens of the Righteous

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Rescuers

The words of Faiza Abdul Wahab

"It was very naturally that my Dad did everything he could to help his fellow Tunisian citizens while they were threatened by an external danger because of their religion". The message of Faiza Abdul Wahab in honor of her father.


A tree for Dr. Andrea Loriga

Andrea Loriga, municipal doctor of Binasco since 1938, actively opposed the fascist regime and in September 1944 took the family of Jewish lawyer Augusto Weiller into safety to Switzerland. The city hall of Binasco, upon initiative of Centro Culturale La Tenda, dedicated an oak and a stone to his memory.


"Our" commander in Greece

As requested by Frontex, European agency for the coordination and patrolling of borders, the Italian Coastal Ward is keeping on rescuing migrants in the Greek seas. 


​Italian diplomacy and human rights

Editorial by Emilio Barbarani, former Ambassador to Santiago del Chile

“Holocaust Memorial Day” is a day of sombre remembrance for many people and particularly for the Jews, who still deeply suffer from the scars left in their souls by centuries of discriminations, culminated in the Shoah. In


Emilio Barbarani, a Righteous at the Farnesina

The Minister of Foreign Affairs welcomed Gabriele Nissim and a thick group of students of Rummo High School in Benevento who, led by professor Enza Nunziato, promoted the nomination of Emilio Barbarani for recognition as Righteous. 


​The Righteous in the Mediterranean

Editorial by Gabriele Nissim, Chairman of Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous; translated by Carolina Figini

In the Italian Parliament a historic event has occurred. For the first time, the definition of Righteousness has been employed to bring about those who devote


Rescuers

whoever saves a life saves the entire world

In Yad Vashem's Memorial, in Jerusalem, the Garden of the Righteous remembers those who tried to rescue the Jews in the Holocaust: those who hidd them, helped them expatriate with forged documents, nourished them or gave them a job; those who, seeing them suffer, helped them somehow instead of remaining indifferent.In Yerevan's Wall of Remembrance the memorial stones remember the rescuers of Armenians during the genocide of 1915, those who tried to stop the massacre, refused to obey orders, sheltered children, reported the extermination that was occurring beneath their hopeless eyes to the world's public opinion.
In 1994 in Rwanda, some Tutsies who were hunted by the interahamwe militias were protected by neighbours, friends - some times strangers, too - belonginf to the Hutu ethnic group, who refused participating in the "man hunt" with machetes that had been planned by other Hutus to exterminate the country's Tutsi minority.
While ethnic cleansing was ravaging Bosnia leading to the murder of thousands innocent victims some people trying to escape the massacre were helped in the same way by neighbours, school mates, friends, or strangers, who were members of other ethnic groups.
Still todate, in many places in the world, there are such rescuers who risk and sometimes lose their lives in the attempt of helping the victims, and become victims themselves. Other times they lose their jobs, wellbeing, social status or they are imprisoned, tortured, cast out. At any rate, even before starting their endeavours, they know they run a serious risk, but they prefer doing so rather than bearing the weigh of remorse for remaining indifferent for the rest of their lives. Everytime by their action they "save the entire world", as stands in the Talmud.

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Ferdinando Valletti

the football player who saved his fellow inmates and painter Aldo Carpi