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"Genocides can be averted" - address of Gen. Dallaire for the Day of the Righteous

General Romeo Dallaire has been honoured with a tree in the Milan Garden of the Righteous Worldwide for trying everything possible to stop genocide in Rwanda.

A lesson of courage and integrity - Jan Karski at the Garden of the Righteous

Ewa Wierzynska, leader of the Karski project - Unfinished Mission at the Warsaw Museum of Polish history presents the figure of Jan Karski who will be honoured with a tree and a memorial stone at the Garden of the Righteous in Milan. Karski tried everything in his power to stop the extermination of Jews.

General Romeo Dallaire - at the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide

7 April 2011, 11.00 a.m.
Ceremony at the Giardino dei Giusti di tutto il mondo - Milan
Journalist and Solidarity exponent Konstanty Gebert presents the figure of the Blue Helmets General who tried everything possible to stop the Rwandan genocide.

Between ideologies and eternal questions - International Meeting on Vasilij Grossman

Turin - 19th, 20th and 21st February
Villa Gualino Congress Centre
Speeches by:
A. Dell'Asta, F. Malcovati, G. Nissim, V. Strada and other reliable international experts.

Memorial Ceremony for Bodil Biørn - On July 22nd of 2008

"On July 22, 2008, the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute held the memorial plaque dedication ceremony in honor of the famous Norwegian missionary Bodil Biørn. The commemoration featured the presentation of a photo album of Eastern Armenia captured by Bodil Biørn and concluded with the placement of soil brought from the tomb of Biørn in Norway.

Dusko Kondor - assassinated in Bosnia

Director of the Seminars on Civil Courage run by Gariwo-Sarajevo and co-founder of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kondor was brutally murdered on 22 February 2007 in Bijelina, Serb Republic. 

Witnesses to truth

trying to stop the villains for a better future

Witnesses play a key role as a genocide case unfolds because they allow for reporting the ongoing crimes and calling for the world powers to stop it.This was made by Armin Wegner back at the beginning of the past centurym during the genocide against the Armenians in Anatolia. He remained unheeded, as was Jan Karski, the courier of the Polish resistance to London and Washington, who did never succeed in forgiving himself for not being able to persuade the "great men of earth" about the need to step in to stop the Shoah.Nonetheless, they both not only advocated international intervention, but also felt the duty to document persecution. They became witnesses beyond the present time, to advocate a better future. Running major personal risks, Wegner shot hundreds pictures, which remain the only exhaustive documentation up to the present day enabling us to counter all attempts to deny the Armenian genocide and to bring justice to the victims.Karski wanted risked his life for he wanted to check personally what was happening in the Warsaw Ghetto and in the Nazi camps to which the Jews where deported, so that he could bear indisputable testimony against the attempt to conceal the evidence of extermination.The writers, poets, intellectuals who dared report the Soviet tyranny depriving people of their freedom and dignity in the USRR were interned in the gulags, where many ot them died of hunger and hardship.

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