Gariwo: the gardens of the Righteous

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Day of the Righteous, a milestone for an inclusive memory
interview with Senator Lucio Romano

Day of the Righteous, a milestone for an inclusive memory

Stories

Yad Vashem remembers the Righteous teachers

While Nazism raged all over Europe, some people decided not to turn a blind eye in the face of persecution. Many of them were teachers, all having in common a deep humanity and consistency with what they had been teaching in the classroom for years, reciprocal respect and peaceful coexistence among human beings. 


Father Alejandro Solalinde honoured at Groane Park

Associazione senza confini (Association Without Borders) and Gariwo are proud to announce the ceremony “The Righteous of hospitality. Beyond the boundaries to pull down the walls". On 16 October 2017 a tree will be planted and a stone will be unveiled in honour of the Mexican priest Father Alejandro Solalinde.


The Zookeeper's wife

Jan and Antonina Żabiński were the keepers of the Warsaw zoo who rescued hundreds of Jews escaping from the Nazi persecution. On 26 September 2017, at the Cinéma Galerie in Bruxelles, it will take place the screening of the movie The Zookeeper's Wife and a meeting with Anna Stróż, Director of the Ulma Family Museum of Poles Saving Jews in World War II and Antony Lishak, director of Learning from the Righteous.


Topical News

Far from “our sea”, but close to our heart

On the other side of the world, in an area between Myanmar and Bangladesh, with a frontier once again as a bridge between salvation and persecution, a little-known Muslim minority - the Rohingya - tries to survive privation and violence. In September, MOAS Italia has decided to engage in an area far from our "sea", because suffering and humanity have no boundaries and exceed any barrier or geographical distance.


The atrocities against Rohingya do not stop

At the moment there are about a million Rohingya in Myanmar and they are one of the most persecuted minority in the world. Moreover, from three and half a month, in the north of the Rakhine State they are subjected to a fierce military repression. 


The Righteous of our time

The tales of Good

Following we publish Milena Santerini's remarks delivered at the last lecture in conference series “The crisis of Europe and the Righteous of our times” held at Milan's Franco Parenti Theatre on 18 May 2017.


Responsibility, between duties and needs

Following we publish the remarks by philosopher Salvatore Natoli during the last lecture in conference series “The crisis of Europe and the Righteous of our time ", held on 18 May at the Franco Parenti Theatre.


The crisis of Europe

If History repeats itself

"The resurfacing of nationalism comes at a price. It may cost us our stability and peace". The remarks by Konstanty Gebert, brilliant pen of Polish journalism and Solidarity exponent, at the third meeting of the series “The crisis of Europe and the Righteous of our time".


Europe is necessary, but this does not mean it is possible, as well

"Now there are no alternatives to political unity. Europe is thus necessary, but this does not mean it is also possible". Philosopher Massimo Cacciari's remarks at the meeting "The crisis of Europe" organized by Gariwo in cooperation with Franco Parenti Theatre.


  • 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, Members of the Parliament in Strasbourg approved Gariwo’s call – signed by citizens and representatives from the world of culture – establishing the European Day of the Righteous. 

    Starting from the definition of Yad Vashem, we have extended the meaning of the term “Righteous” including men and women who, in every part of the world, saved lives in all the genocides and defended human dignity during totalitarianisms.

    The date of 6 March has been chosen because it coincides with the death of Moshe Bejski, the creator of the Avenue of the Righteous in Yad Vashem.

    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.

Jews in Shanghai: the interviews

The "miracle" of Shanghai

Interview with Nicola Zavaglia, the director - together with René Balcer - of Above the Drowning Sea, a 90-minute documentary about the incredible tale of the Jews who fled to Shanghai. The voices of the film are those of Julianna Margulies and Tony Goldwyn (familiar faces of the tv series The Good Wife and Scandal)

Jews in Shanghai, between hope and paradox

The tale of the Jews in Shanghai has been since 2012 at the core of Ye-Shanghai, curated by Roberto Paci Dalò. With him we have talked about the birth of this project, the figures of the Righteous and the importance of making remembrance not only to narrate the past, but also to reflect on the facts occurring today.

food for thought

the analysis

Mediterranean Sea, Africa, Europe. Beyond emergency

editorial by Janiki Cingoli, President of CIPMO - Italian Centre for Peace in the Middle East, 29 September 2017

In the Charter of Responsibilities 2017 there is a guiding principle: the responsibility of the individuals to stop the conflicts that bathe our time in blood, to find a way to overcome them. At the base of the hate that has manifested itself in the various outbreaks of crisis there is a common element: the process of dehumanization of who is identified as the enemy.