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Sarajevo (Project) Garden

In 2001 the Bosnian section of the Gardens of the Righteous Worldwide-Gariwo was set up in Sarajevo. Known as Gariwosa, it was created and is directed by Svetlana Broz.

A cardiologist and surgeon, and the granddaughter of Marshal Tito, in the 1990s Svetlana Broz was committed to supporting the people caught up in various ways in the war that followed the collapse of the Yugoslav federation. She recorded the harrowing tales of numerous sick and wounded patients that she met in hospitals, of people that had escaped ethnic cleansing thanks to the help of friends and acquaintances, neighbours and ordinary people that wanted to continue living alongside each other in peace, rejecting the rationale of ethnic conflict. The result was a book of first-hand accounts entitled, Good People in an Evil Time, and a plan for the Sarajevo Garden in memory of the Righteous of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
At the end of the Serb-Bosnian war Svetlana moved definitively from Belgrade to Sarajevo,  where she has continued to promote inter-ethnic dialogue in a torn and divided society. Her fieldwork is fraught with risks: she has received numerous death threats and her closest colleagues live in danger too.

Dusko Kondor – the leading light of the Gariwosa seminars on civil courage and peaceful coexistence – was assassinated in Bjielina in 2007, just a few days before he was due to testify at the trial of Serbs accused of massacring a group of Muslims. Dusko’s family was forced to seek refuge in Switzerland.

To honour his memory Gariwosa established the "Dusko Kondor Award", assigned every year in Sarajevo to those who stood out for opposing ethnic cleansing and showing "civil courage". 

In the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide, in Milan, a tree and a memorial stone honour Dusko Kondor for having defended the right to live in peace in the same land; another tree is dedicated to the courage of Svetlana Broz while a stone pays tribute to her commitment in Sarajevo for the Garden of the Righteous of Bosnia.

We have decided to place this project along with the real gardens already planted in Milan and Yerevan, rather than including it among our virtual gardens and we chose the exemplary figures who have received the "Dusko Kondor Award" to assign Sarajevo's imaginary trees.
While Warsaw, Sofia, Salonika and the other spaces of remembrance that we plan to set up in the coming years with Wefor are intended as an ideal “garden of values” representing Europe’s conscience, a virtual, rather than a real garden for the Righteous of Bosnia would, on the contrary, represent a symbolic “surrender”.
Our wish is for the Sarajevo project to stay alive, as a symbol of hope for the future of civil coexistence in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Communicate with the Righteous

  • 09.25.10

    Esempio straordinario di uomo libero: generale serbo che difende Sarajevo dall'assedio dei serbi e i serbi dall'odio dei bosniaci. Mitico!

Bookcrossing

  • 09.26.10

    I Giusti nel tempo del male, Erikson, Gardolo (Tn), 2008

    by Svetlana Broz
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Multimedia productions set up to present characters, stories, places, events which marked the history of Europe and its neighbouring regions. 
Interviews, movies, documentaries, exhibitions, trailers.

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Original documents reproduced for reference.
Autograph sources, diaries, dedications, pictures, title pages, period articles, messages, phonograms, governmental, military and administrative clearances and orders, other archival exhibits.

Wefor is our Website dedicated to the figures of moral resistance against totalitarianism. The virtual Gardens of Europe’s Righteous and the teaching section YouFor are the core of this project realized by Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous. Through the establishment of the European Day of the Righteous by the Brussels Parliament, Wefor has received its highest recognition.