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Stories of invisible children. A journey from the Shoah to the present time
International Holocaust Remembrance Day initiative with Gariwo

Stories of invisible children. A journey from the Shoah to the present time

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A Partnership for Memory

On Monday, January 13th an important meeting for the international memory of the Holocaust was held at the Shoah Memorial in Milan: the official ceremony that seals, with the signing of an agreement, the partnership between the Shoah Memorials of Milan and Paris and the CDEC Foundation.

The new Righteous have been selected for Monte Stella Garden in Milan

The Guarantors’ Committee of the Association for the Garden of the Righteous of Milan, including the Municipality, Gariwo and UCEI, ratified decisions, made by the Assembly on 16th October, on the theme of celebrations of the Day of the Righteous 2020 at Monte Stella Garden of the Righteous in Milan: “Global responsibility. The challenge of the Righteous to save the planet and the human kind”. The Committee also approved candidates proposed to the Association for Monte Stella virtual Garden.

The trace of dictatorship. What is happening in Chile?

A friend from Santiago sent me a message in the middle of the night. “Have you seen what is happening in Chile? There are soldiers on the street and a curfew has been imposed from 10 pm to 7 am. A protest has started for the increase in public transport prices and then for all issues in the Paìs: health, education, social security. They have burnt buses, destroyed the subway, soldiers have already killed people on the street, hurt high-school youngsters.

From the Peres Center to the Garden of the Righteous

We visited the Milan's Garden of the Righteous worldwide together with Nadav Tamir, Senior Advisor for Governmental and International Affairs at the Israeli Peres Center for Peace - the Center dedicated to the former president of Israel who works through innovation to foster a better future in the Middle East and in the world. 

The Garden of the Righteous of Milan inaugurated

On Sunday, 6 October 2019, the inauguration of the new Garden of the Righteous of Milan was held at Monte Stella hill, after the redevelopment works. An entire day of celebration. The most significant moment was undoubtedly the opening ceremony in the presence of the Life Senator Liliana Segre.

The role of Gariwo: education for global responsibility

What is Gariwo's identity and which are its goals in the coming years? We discussed this topic in a stimulating meeting with our ambassadors and collaborators. To answer these questions we must first of all start from the history of Gariwo and its originality in the cultural debate. 

Will this be the century of water conflicts?

We wanted to focus on the concept of conflict because we believe that environmental instability can lead to strong political and security instability. We are increasingly moving towards a world that will be environmentally and climatically different from the one human beings have had over the last 11,000 years, and the way in which climate change is mainly visible is through water

Kurds, Syria and Europe: yesterday like today

What will remain of the European Union if legal civilization is lacking that is founded, among other things, on the principle of the right of asylum for the persecuted and on the commitment to react to any oppression by the strong on the weak? It is not sufficient to put into words solidarity with the Kurdish people and cry over the victims of an “unfair” invasion.


The Ravensbrück code

In the summer of 1942, SS doctors started conducting experiments on Ravensbrück camp prisoner women. This operation was guided by Karl Gebhardt, Heinrich Himmler's personal physician. Four girls found a way to tell the world the cruelties committed by the Nazis in the camp.

Poland, "invisible Jews"?

“After the collapse of communism, for twenty years polls reported that anti-Semitism had weakened and sometimes even disappeared from the political scene. In the late 1990s, being anti-Semitic came to be acceptable, tolerated". From the interview with Konstanty Gebert by Elisabetta Rosaspina

  • 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.

Charter for 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. This is why we have created our Charter for sport.

Charter for the environment

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 environment, made up of reflections and virtuous practices to understand and deal with the climate emergency.

Charter for social media

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.

GariwoNetwork 2019

Third international edition of GariwoNetwork

For the third consecutive year, Gariwo has invited to Milan all those who are concerned with the Righteous and the creation of the Gardens of the Righteous, places of active memory from which fight hatred and teach people to choose the good. In more than 300 people we animated the day of GariwoNetwork, entitled "Choosing responsibility. The example of the Righteous in the face of global challenges". During the day we launched three thematic annexes to the 2017 Charter of Responsibilities, on the themes of environment, social media and sport.

International visit to the Garden of the Righteous of Milan
on the occasion of GariwoNetwork 2019