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The Jerusalem Post on Gariwo and the Universal Value of the Righteous
The editorial by Nadav Tamir on Gariwo, Israel, and the Memory of the Righteous

The Jerusalem Post on Gariwo and the Universal Value of the Righteous

World Press Freedom Day

Gariwo celebrates the World Press Freedom Day

On the occasion of 2021 World Press Freedom Day, themed "Information as a Public Good", Gariwo organized a guided tour of Milan's Garden of the Righteous Worldwide with journalists and editors in chief of the main Italian newspapers and media outlets, as well as the representatives of the foreign press in Italy.


The World Press Freedom Day at the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide in Milan

A photo gallery from today's celebrations of the World Press Freedom Day at the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide in Milan, paying tribute to the following Righteous of the InformationLiu Xiaobo, Raif Badawi, Samir Kassir, Hrant Dink, Anna Politkovskaja.


An Appeal in the Name of the Righteous in Sport

Why Gariwo asks for a female referee in the Italy-Turkey match

Inspired by the stories of the Righteous of Sport, Gariwo agreed to Professor Giovanna Grenga's proposal to launch an appeal to UEFA to have the opening match of the European Championships (Italy-Turkey, Friday, June 11 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome) refereed by a woman, possibly assisted by an all-female team. It would be a symbolic gesture, which would be broadcasted live worldwide (and especially in Turkey), with a powerful impact. After all, the Uefa Commission has already selected Stephanie Frappart, named 2019 best referee by the Globe Soccer Awards, as a support referee among the European Championships referees. What better occasion to see her at work?


Gariwo launches an appeal to have a female referee in the Italy-Turkey match

Gariwo launches an appeal to women and men in sport, sportspeople, and citizens to ask UEFA that a team of female referees referee the opening match of the European Championships.The match will be played only a few weeks after Erdoğan issued a decree (on March 20, 2021) annulling Turkey’s ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention. On March 12, 2012, Turkey was the first country to ratify the Convention.


Charter for sport

Good competition. Tips for responsible sport. is a document of intentions. We created it to spread awareness on the importance of sport's fundamental values, which can contribute to improve the life of society as a whole. 


Topical News

Kiev, Capital of European Memory

I couldn't find a better image to describe the crisis of today's Europe, its unresolved contradictions. Fractures that were thought to be buried with the end of the Second World War, and that re-emerge today in all their ferocity, here as in the Caucasus. Contradictions ignored, with obstinate blindness, even by many in Brussels and in our governments.


The Righteous are the Key to the Prevention of Genocide

The prevention of genocide is one of the most important challenges for our generation. The path indicated by the Righteous and by Raphael Lemkin represents a fundamental starting point to get out of this prehistory of barbarism in which some men, from the dawn of time until today, aim not only to kill, but also to erase entire peoples and cultures. This is a universal challenge, which must involve us all regardless of national or political affiliation, because a genocide – this must become a moral imperative – does not concern only the people who suffer it, but the whole of humanity.


Rwanda blames France for letting the 1994 genocide happen

A report commissioned by the Rwandan government, published on Monday, says France “enabled” the Tutsi genocide. The report comes less than a month after the release of a similar report commissioned by the French government, at a delicate time for the relations between France and Rwanda.


Hungarian activist Sebő Gábor awarded with 2021 Mária Ember prize

The Hungarian civil activist Sebő Gábor, founder of the civil memorial "Freedom Stage" in Budapest, won the 2021 Mária Ember award, a press release from the Raoul Wallenberg Association announced on Saturday. The award is given annually to those who combat racism, fight for human rights, and contribute to the knowledge of the Shoah as part of Hungary’s history and culture.


From Vichy to Rwanda, France reconsiders its past

The 27th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide was marked by the release of a report called La France, le Rwanda et le génocide des Tutsi (1990-1994), commissioned by President Emmanuel Macron in 2019 and presented on March 26, 2021. The report, which was put together by a cluster of French historians, prompted soul-searching about France’s responsibilities in having turned a blind eye to genocide preparations.


Defeating Auschwitz: the example of Albert Bourla and Liliana Segre

What is the most radical response to the extreme evil suffered by the Jews and humanity during Nazism? To imagine a future that breaks down barriers, walls, prejudices, and reconciles the divisions between people, turning the sharing of a common destiny into a drive to face every new challenge together.


Stories

Georg Ferdinand Duckwitz

Georg Ferdinand Duckwitz was a German diplomat. He joined the Nazi party in November 1932 and left it in 1935, following the so-called “night of the long knives”. As a German shipping attache in Denmark, Duckwitz rescued many Jews from the Nazi persecutions, by both securing the right political alliances to carry out his plans and providing many Danish Jews with the necessary documents to seek refuge in Sweden. Since 1971, Duckwitz is "RIGHTEOUS AMONG THE NATIONS" in Yad Vashem.


The affectionate woman

Beatrice Murekatete is one of the Rwandans who out of compassion decided to take care of more than 10 children, orphans of the 1994 genocide committed against the Tutsi. "After Genocide committed against Tutsi I saw the orphans in my neighbourhood, I said to myself that may be it would add to the cost, but I had to do what it takes to help those children".


The younger brother

There was a mystery in my family, my uncle Ettore, Ettore Barzini, my father's brother, who died in Mauthausen. No one had ever told us about him, there was no photo, no trace, we didn't even know why he had been deported. So, as a boy, I had fantasized about him. Who was this uncle?


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.


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.


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.


Charter of Remembrance

Remembrance has been extremely educational in that it has made us understand how genocides were not an extra-historical catastrophe, but rather happened due to the responsibility of human beings. This happened on a battlefield where there were executioners, accomplices, indifferent, resistant, spectators, Righteous individuals and all the intermediate nuances which, as Primo Levi knew and described to us, are very numerous.


  • 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.

Book Review

History, Trauma and Shame. Engaging the Past through Second Generation Dialogue

Edited by Pumla Gobodo-Madizikela, History, Trauma and Shame. Engaging the Past through Second Generation Dialogue offers an articulate account, both scientific and autobiographical, of the meeting sessions between direct descendants of Holocaust survivors and the children or grandchildren of Nazi SS members. A book on restorative empathy and reconciliation, this volume challenges social attitudes such as the demonization of perpetratorswhich often continues in a diachronic sense, or competitive victimhoodpeculiar expression of societies that shape and impose suffering as an identity.

Armenia

the analysis

Armenia Lost the Peace, not the War

editorial by Simone Zoppellaro, Journalist, 28 April 2021

I would like to write to the Armenians, as a friend, some uncomfortable words. Words that are not easy to write or hear – all the more so after a defeat, that of November, that has produced thousands of deaths, tens of thousands of refugees and displaced persons, and a humanitarian and political catastrophe that has no end in sight. It was not the first war in Karabakh, as we know, and it risks not being the last (according to many, this is almost a certainty). I would like to write as a friend, because friends, in the most difficult moments, do not only help and console us, but also make us think - without sparing us criticism.

Declaration and Appeal on the Value of the Righteous of Humanity, Celebrated by Gariwo

On the occasion of this anniversary, on April 24, 2021, I cannot look away from the suffering of my people. Above all, today, I feel I draw new energy from the Day of the Righteous, which is celebrated yearly at the Garden of Monte Stella and in many other places in Italy and around the world. Other figures of the Righteous for Armenians and other peoples will be honored, thus giving us new reasons for hope. Read the Appeal by Pietro Kuciukian, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Armenia in Italy

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