The Wefor project
"As President of the European Parliament and former Solidarnosc activist, I praise very mach this cultural initiative wich creates a virtual space with information on exemplary figures of moral resistance to totalitarianism in our European history".
Jerzy Buzek, 26 July 2010
Wefor - Web European Forest Righteous –
The Righteous against totalitarianism. European identity and conscience on the web
A European project featuring the construction of a website dedicated to the Righteous of Europe.
Presented by the Gardens of the Righteous Worldwide Committee - Gariwo onlus and approved by EACEA within the programme “Active citizenship” for the year 2009-2010
The history of the 20th century in Europe abounds with exemplary figures of moral fortitude; men and women who stood up, in different ways, against Nazism and Communism, and in defence of truth, all with the common goal of safeguarding human dignity. This universal value is fundamental for the new Europe, whose identity is expressed in respect for freedom, democracy, tolerance and human rights.
The aim of the Wefor project is to create a digital space in which the memory of such people will be kept alive and celebrated. The Wefor site will provide European citizens with biographical data, sources, interviews, media reports and other audio and video material, documentation and reflections on these exemplary figures and on the historic, political and cultural contexts in which they were prompted to act and react.
Real and virtual GARDENS OF THE RIGHTEOUS
Graphically and dynamically, this aim has been achieved by grouping Gardens of the Righteous together in one section; this includes real gardens – in Milan and Yerevan – and “imaginary” 3D gardens (or “virtual reality”) representing Europe’s cities. Each tree symbolizes a “Righteous person” and is surrounded by interactive tools that enable you to chat with other users in real time, send post-its, tributes, thoughts and reflections, multimedia elaborations, requests, links. You will be able to organize virtual meetings, ceremonies, remote debates and vide conferences.
IN SEARC OF TRUTH
A section devoted to further insight: it contains material researched and developed by our editorial staff or gathered via Gariwo’s partners and other contacts, then arranged in the various pages of Wefor. It is sub-divided into key subjects concerning the Righteous and related political, cultural and historical contexts.
YOUFOR for teaching
A sector addressed to teachers and students: it contains material produced by schools and provides useful classroom material on the subject of the “Righteous” in the totalitarian regimes of the 20th century in Europe. Technologically advanced, the website offers excellent interactivity and is designed to involve both junior and senior high schools in heightening their students’ awareness and understanding of the movements, upheavals and aspirations that marked Europe’s recent history and that have defined our identity today. It includes teaching kits that suggest how to proceed, examples of projects already accomplished and guidelines for pathways to be followed with specific contents indicated.
The section features a space for recording the results of the educational work done, the students’ output, the teachers’ blogs, reports and notes and any other correlated material.
Other Wefor “rooms”
Alongside the main sections mentioned above, the side columns are designed to:
- publish news and events (WHAT'S ON IN EUROPE, in synergy with the Gariwo website)
- provide an overview of memory-related issues/events happening in our continent (NOT TO FORGET: private and public institutes, associations, museums, memorials, especially those with whom contacts can be made)
- announce artistic, literary, multimedia and documentary productions (FACES AND VOICES, with books, films, interviews, documentaries, exhibitions, etc.).
The FULL WEBSITE NAVIGATION tab as well as the SEARCH feature make it easier to explore Wefor
Peshev Museum - Kjustendil, Bulgaria
Biliothèque Nubar - Paris, France
History Meeting House - Warsaw, Poland
International Committee “Righteous for the Armenians. Memory is the Future” - Yerevan, Armenia
Honorary Consulate of Italy - Gyumri, Armenia
Liceo Scientifico “E. Fermi” High Scool (Network ‘History and memory’) - Bologna, Italy (though supporting the project, this partner didn't take part in it)
Ho appena studiato i Giusti a scuola e ne sono rimasto colpito. Farò tesoro di quello che ho imparato e non lo dimenticherò. Lorenzo
Una donna campione di tolleranza e rispettosa di tutte le identità
God Bless you!
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.