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Doing good, not out of self-sacrifice. Conversation with Massimo Recalcati
by Gabriele Nissim

Doing good, not out of self-sacrifice. Conversation with Massimo Recalcati

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Three new Righteous at the Garden of Warsaw

At the Garden of the Righteous in Warsaw three new trees and memorial stones were dedicated during the official ceremony held on 18 June. The names of these exemplary figures are: Raphael Lemkin, Armin Wegner, Adalbert Wojciech Zink. 

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People don't die only in the Mediterranean Sea

According to Rohingya testimonials, even though violence appears to have been decreased, persecution is still going on and it is perpetrated through robberies, rapes and systematic sexual violence against women and girls. Additionally, those who are still inside the country are literally starving. By Regina Catrambone, director and Co-founder of MOAS 

Gariwo and the importance of retelling stories of Righteousness

Humans are storytellers. We not only tell stories about the past to influence the future behaviour of others, we often retell the stories we hear. Some of the stories told and retold for generations by humans everywhere are descriptions of sacrifice for the sake of others. These stories have a special importance because they can have a very specific influence on those who hear them.

Gariwo at the Plenary of IHRA

Gariwo took part in the plenary of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, held in Rome from May 28 to 31. In particular, we have been called to present our activity before the delegates of the 31 IHRA countries dealing with remembrance, within the Committee on Holocaust, genocide and crimes against humanity presided by Klaus Mueller.

Minister Fedeli signs the Decree and the Memorandum with Gariwo

Italy's Minister of Education, University and Research, Mrs. Valeria Fedeli, signed the Decree that establishes the Working Group, composed of representatives of MIUR, Gariwo and the world of School and University, which will have to plan the activities related to the celebrations of the Day of the Righteous of the Humanity, on 6 March every year.

The possible Good

The Righteous show us that goodness is possible

The key issue I sought to address is that of giving some references to the youths, but the mechanism was not focused on offering them any models. We don’t have to hallow the Righteous. If we pass on the idea that the Righteous are equal to us, with faults and contradictions, we show that goodness is possible. By Gabriele Nissim 

The everyday Righteous who might save the world

“The Possible Good” can be meant as "I can't do more", "I can't do any better". However, it is the instance of the moment that defines possibility. To express this with more depth, it is "the call”. The Righteous responds to an urgencyBy philosopher Salvatore Natoli

The Righteous and the inviolability of life

The Righteous, by their deeds, show that there is never a necessary reason to sacrifice a life, even for a lofty ideal, because otherwise, we would enter an absolute contradiction: the ideal, in fact, is to make life inviolable. By psychoanalyst Massimo Recalcati

Americans and the Holocaust

Between denunciation and indifference

The Holocaust Memorial Museum of Washington has developed an exposition about a disturbing topic, the relationship of the American people with Nazi genocide: what they did, what they knew, what they could have done. It is called Americans and the Holocaust and it tells about motives, awareness and fears.

The stories of those who helped

The exhibition Americans and the Holocaust also tells us about rescue stories of American people and associations that helped the Jews in the years of Nazi persecution. We have told some of them. 

  • 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.

100 years ago, Nelson Mandela

The prison letters of Nelson Mandela

On July 18, 1918 South Africa saw the birth of Nelson Mandela, leader of the struggle against the apartheid. In the centennial since his birth, a collection of 255 letters he wrote in jail was published, revealing the most intimate and humane trait of Mandela, between the hope in a fairer world and the absence of his dear ones.

Nelson Mandela
the "giant" of the struggle against apartheid


In Sofia, a tree in honour of Dimitar Peshev

The event, held at the New University of Bulgaria, is the first step towards the creation of a Garden of the Righteous in the only Eastern European former German ally, where all Jews were saved.  

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The lesson of Bulgaria for today's world
By Gabriele Nissim

Food for though

the analysis

To build or to demolish? Rethinking 1968

editorial by Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo Chairman, 14 June 2018

If today I look at the time of 1968 and my own particular experience, I realize how so many achievements of those times have entered people’s common sense, while some values that a whole generation had discovered, albeit among many contradictions, are not very popular right now...

1968, a libertarian and libertine movement
by Salvatore Natoli