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Dag Hammarskjöld

Elected Secretary General of the United Nations in 1953, he acted in favour of populations threatened in various conflicts and increased executive role for the Secretary General in peace operations. He died under mysterious circumstances, in an attempt to resolve the crisis in Congo and received the Nobel Peace Prize posthumously in the same year, "for having built an efficient and independent UN Secretariat and for having taken an independent line towards the great powers."

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a US Supreme Court judge who died on 18th September at the age of 87 due to an incurable disease, was one of the most influential individuals in the American Jewish community of the last fifty years. Deeply convinced, as a woman and as a magistrate, of equality of human beings, she was a tenacious supporter of equality of men and women and significantly contributed, as a lawyer and a magistrate, to claiming women's rights in the United States.

Josephine Nyankesha

Josephine Nyankesha is an old woman who was awarded a medal by Rwanda's first Lady, Jeannette Kagame in recognition of her extra-ordinary role in taking care and saving lives of several Tutsis who were the target during the 1994 genocide. She is one out of more than 3000 individuals who were awarded this trophy known as Malaika Murinzi'. She lives in Gikondo sector, Kigali City.

Civil rights defender Osman Kavala in jail for over 1000 days

Turkish businessman, philanthropist and civil rights defender has been detained since November 1, 2017, despite the European Court of Human Rights ordered his release because the charges against him were baseless. In 2020 he received the International Hrant Dink Award for dedicating himself to building a pluralist and democratic society.

Amira Yahyaoui

Activist and entrepreneur, she was a pioneer in the Arab world for the creation of a parliamentary monitoring system. The Arabian Business newspaper included her in the ranking of the hundred most powerful women in the Arab world. Her influence has been and remains revolutionary not only in politics, but also within the collective consciousness of the Tunisian people.

Topical News

The Couple who saved Roman Polanski recognised as Righteous Among the Nations

Two new names have been recently added to the long list of Righteous individuals honoured in Israel’s Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem: Stefania and Jan Buchala. A story of courage and kindness that wouldn’t differ too much from that of other thousands of exemplary figures remembered in Jerusalem if it weren’t for the fact that the kid they saved happened to become the well-known film director Roman Polanski.

Gabriele Nissim awarded with the Raoul Wallenberg Medal

The foundation’s founder Baruch Tenembaum, in a official letter to the award’s recipient, explained that the board’s choice fell on Nissim for his "tireless commitment to the humanitarian cause in the role of president of Gariwo, the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide an organisation devoted to upholding and divulging the stories and deeds of those individuals who have contributed to humanity’s moral enhancement."

Memory is not a self-defining safe

The memory of Shoah, when it was born, had a specific and universal character. The theme of never again seemed to be the great issue on which everyone was called to reflect. Remembering Holocaust meant stating vehemently that what had occurred to Jews should not be repeated for any human being. Today, however, we see how that ideal charge seems to fade away...

Being Righteous in a world marked by Covid

The health crisis the whole world had to deal with places each of us in front of decisions that can change the destiny of our planet: individual destiny is actually linked, today more than ever, to that of all human beings. Since the very beginning of the pandemic, it has been clear that the virus has not only affected our health and our habits, it has also exacerbated crises and scenarios that were already dramatic and sensitive. In all this, the example of the Righteous keeps being the therapy showing us the path to be followed. But who are these exemplary individuals and what are they doing today in new scenarios stemming from the epidemic?

The Charters for responsibilities

Web reality. Tips for online awareness

To foster the development of personal awareness in conscious use of the Web and say no to the violence of words, Gariwo has proposed the Charter for social media, made up of suggestions to stay online in a conscious way.

Good competition. Tips for responsible sport

The behaviour of athletes, fans and even sports journalists can positively influence our society. Stories of virtuous actions in sport create a spirit of emulation in stadiums and sports fields.

The responsibility of a fragile planet

Gariwo wants to make his voice heard about the urgency of doing something to save the world we live in. This is why we have proposed the Charter for the environment, made up of reflections and virtuous practices to understand and deal with the climate emergency.

  • About us

    Gariwo is the acronym of Gardens of the Righteous Worldwide.

    We are a Non-Profit Organization based in Milan, with international coworkers.

    Since 1999 we have worked to make the people aware about the Righteous: we think that the memory of Good is a powerful educational tool and can help prevent cases of genocide and crimes against Humanity.

    This is why we create Gardens of the Righteous worldwide and use the communication means, social networks and public events to spread the message of responsibility. From the European Parliament we have obtained the establishment of the European Day of the Righteous - 6 March.

    Our activity is supported by institutions, schools, volunteers, an International Scientific Committee and our 'Ambassadors'.

  • ​The Gardens of the Righteous

    The Gardens are like open books that tell the Righteous’ stories.

    They are public spaces, places of memory, meeting and dialogue. Here it’s possible to organize initiatives for students and citizens, to keep alive the examples of the Righteous all the year round, not only by planting new trees.

    The Garden of Milan was born in 2003 at Monte Stella Park. The Association for the Garden of the Righteous - formed by Gariwo, Milan City Hall and UCEI - was created in 2008, and it takes care of the Garden activities.

    Every year, a lot of Gardens arise in cities and schools in Italy and all over the world.

    Our aim is to create a widespread network to connect everybody who believes in these topics.

  • European Day of the Righteous

    On 10 May 2012, the Parliament in Strasbourg approved Gariwo’s call establishing the European Day of the Righteous on 6 March - remembering the death of Moshe Bejski, the creator of the Avenue of the Righteous. On 7 December 2017 Italy became the first country to officially join the marking of that recurrence, with the law that establishes also at the national level a Day in memory of the Righteous of the humanity.  Starting from Yad Vashem, we have extended the meaning of the term “Righteous” including men and women who saved lives in all the genocides and defended human dignity during totalitarianisms.

    Every year we celebrate the example of the Righteous of past and of the present, to spread the values of responsibility, tolerance and solidarity.

  • The Charter of responsibilities 2017

    The Charter of responsibilities 2017 arises from the collective reflection proposed by Gariwo through the series of meetings The crisis of Europe and the Righteous of our time, held in cooperation with Teatro Franco Parenti - Accademia del Presente and under the patronage of Università degli Studi di Milano and the Corriere della Sera Foundation.

    The Charter, inspired by the experience of Charta ’77 and subscribed by important personalities from the world of culture and society, represents our ethical commitment for the memory of Good and the education to responsibility, to reaffirm the value of plurality, of peace and non violence, as opposed to the culture of hatred and enemy.

Remembrance in usa

the analysis

The Memory of Good and the Future of the United States

editorial by Craig Palmer, anthropologist , 3 December 2020

Regardless of what form the future takes, it may be too much to hope that future individuals will be judged by their behaviour instead of their social category. However, I hope the future includes a “memory of good” in the sense of individuals making selfless acts of kindness toward other individuals.

Ceremony in Milan

Eleven new Righteous honoured in the Virtual Garden

To honour the Righteous of the past without closing our eyes in front of the threats to human dignity that lurk in the present. This was president of Gariwo Gabriele Nissim’s exhortation during the ceremony at Milan’s Garden of the Righteous. The ceremony, which was meant to take place in March on the Day of the Righteous of the Humanity but was postponed due to the pandemic, has been dedicated to honouring the new Righteous of the Virtual Garden – an extension to the one of Monte Stella hill.

Garden of Warsaw

New Righteous will be honoured in Warsaw’s Garden

Warsaw’s Garden of the Righteous will dedicate this year’s new trees and memorial stones to three exemplary individuals. The Garden – erected in the district of Wola to honour those who had the courage to stand up against totalitarianism and defend human dignity during genocides - was born in 2014 thanks to the collaboration between Gariwo and Warsaw’s History Meeting House. It was a committee from Warsaw’s History Meeting House to nominate the new Righteous people who will be honoured in the Garden. Here are their names: Stanislav Petrov, Antonina Wyrzykowska, Karol Modzelewski.

The Garden of Milan

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