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Gabriele Nissim Is Appointed A Knight of France's National Order to the Merit
The announcement of the honors

Gabriele Nissim Is Appointed A Knight of France's National Order to the Merit

Day of the Righteous of the humanity

The Righteous of Hospitality at Monte Stella

On March 14, 2018, at 10.30 am, four new Righteous will be honoured at the Garden of Monte Stella in Milan - Ho Feng Shan, Hammo Shero, Costantino Baratta and Daphne Vloumidi - in the presence of the Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala, the Director of Gariwo Ulianova Radice and of the honoured Righteous or their representatives.

New Righteous in the Virtual Garden

The Virtual Garden of the Righteous earn new virtues people, who will be honored on the 14th of March, at 3.00 pm, in Sala dell'Orologio at Palazzo Marino: Vito Fiorino, Emilia Kamvisi, Stratos Valiamos, Melinda McRostie, Eric Kempson, Efi Latsoudi and Cristoforos Schuff; Daniela Pompei and Maria Quinto; the Rorschach's scholars; Mons. Andrea Ghetti; Gen. Guglielmo Barbò di Casalmorano; Corrado Bonfantini; Erwin Kräutler; Fritz Michael Gerlich; Maria Vittoria Zeme.

A concert for the Righteous

On March 15th at 8.30 pm, in the Sala Alessi of Palazzo Marino, there will be a concert by pianist Ani Martirosyan and violinist Nobuko Murakoshi in honour of the exemplary figures honoured in Milan. Accompanying the songs, the voice of the actress Sonia Bergamasco, and the words of Liliana Segre, Life Senator.

Join the events for the day of the Righteous​!

From 2012 in Europe we celebrate together the example of the Righteous to spread everywhere the values of responsibility, tolerance and solidarity. 

Here all the events!

Topical News

Netanyahu and Kagame: Their Hands Are Full of Blood

We propose the analysis of the Israeli historian and expert on Holocaust and genocide studies Yair Auron about the meeting - that took place the 24th January 2018 at the World Economic Forum in Davos - between the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Rwandan President Paul Kagame - the theme it is the deportation of refugees from Israel to Rwanda.

Giulio De Benedetti or the failure to understand the subliminal message of the “mystical”

The interview granted by Hitler to Giulio De Benedetti in March 1923 is a rarity. Vincenzo Pinto, curator of a commented critical edition of the Mein Kampf, explores the features of  the charismatic leader, the reasons of his appeal and why it was impossible to grasp his intentions from the start.

January comes with two new books available in stores

We are pleased to starting this new year reporting the new publications of our two collaborators and friends Agnes Grunwald-Spier and Yair Auron. Respectively Women’s Experience in the Holocaust and Rescuers 1929 - Rescue Stories of Jews and Palestinians in Hebron.


Life in jail to Ratko Mladic

Now comes the eagerly awaited first degree verdict – after a trial that had started on 6 May 2012 , in which over 300 witnesses have been heard and more than 10,000 pieces of evidence have been analysed - against the “butcher of Srebrenica” who led the genocide of 11 July 1995, in which over 8,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered. A verdict, which presents us with the portrait of an executioner.

  • 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.

Waiting for the 6 March

On March 14, at the Garden of the Righteous worldwide in Milan, we will honour, among the others, Hammo Shero, the leader Yazida who welcomed thousands of Armenian refugees and opposed the Turkish authorities who wanted to deport them, saving them from the genocide of 1915-16.

the analysis

The Chief of Sindjar, a Righteous for the Armenians

editorial by Pietro Kuciukian, Honorary Consul of Armenia to Italy and Gariwo co-founder, 8 February 2018

Yves Ternon has deepened the events of the Armenians of Sindjar and Mardin, and emphasized the figure of Şero, of the Hammo tribe, undisputed leader of Sindjar, a Righteous who welcomed and protected the fugitives, thousands of Christians, almost all Armenians. He gave them houses and fields, and he fed them. Many Armenian deserters reached the mountain; the flow of refugees never stopped. An excerpt from the book I disobbedienti (Guerini e Associati)

New Righteous at Monte Stella

The theme chosen for the ceremony of the first Day of the Righteous of the Humanity is "The Righteous of Hospitality. Beyond borders to pull down the walls". This is why Ho Feng Shan, Hammo Shero, Costantino Baratta and Daphne Vloumidi will be honoured at the Garden of Milan. Check out their stories!