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To watch over, protect

It is true that the Righteous are not “superheroes” because they are, after all, ordinary human beings in the sense that they only did what all human beings are capable of doing. However, this is what makes it so important to recognize the sense in which the Righteous are heroes. By Craig Palmer

Recognition of the Armenian genocide

"And it is precisely the Turkish civil society that can be expected to push for change: let people think, know, “acknowledge” in the future, to prevent and give new generations the opportunity to deal with History openly and critically". By Pietro Kuciukian 

The Garden of the Righteous. A project in Deerfield, Illinois

At Rochelle Zell Jewish High School in Deerfield, Illinois, a project on the Righteous themes has been organized by a group of students, called STAND, and their head Dr. Schorsch. It consists of an indoor Garden on the second floor of the school whose aim is to honour and highlight the Righteous who helped during genocidal and dire times of darkness and danger and have made a difference. 

The children of the genocide

25 years ago Rwanda's genocide began. It lasted 100 days and killed about a million people. One of the most profound consequences that the genocide has left in Rwanda is that of the difficulty of integration and the psychological trauma that the so-called “children of the killers” experience. These are thousands of children born from the rapes used as a weapon of war during the days of the massacres, who have now become adults. 

Remembering and bearing witness to the Good

To talk about the subject “Remembering and bearing witness to the Good”, I cannot help without describing Cambodia’s recent history, a series of events, which is still little known and that many do not remember about.

Interview with Rahab Mwatha

We interviewed Rahab Wanjiru Mwatha, of the Green Belt Movement International - Europe, at the Garden of the Righteous worldwide in Milan, on the occasion of the ceremony of the Day of the Righteous of the humanity 2019, in which a plaque was dedicated to Wangari Maathai.

Righteous change

"There are so many things we can do every day that can make a difference for the planet. We are defining the future of the polar bear just by what we choose to put on our plates daily". By Anne de Carbuccia, environmental artist.

The Righteous Tales

"Let's build peace, justice and rights"

Every time that somewhere in the world, the human madness rages out to dehumanize and exterminate other human beings, it is our common humanity that is wounded. By Christine Amisi Notia

Tribute to Simone Veil

"Mrs. Veil, it is our turn to say Thank you. Thank you for being, for so many French and European people, and even more broadly for so many women and men of good will, an example and a model". The words by Cyrille Rougeau

"There is a linkage between deforestation, governance and peace"

"Wangari was such a leader, a mentor, a great friend and a mother to be admired and through her leadership was followed by many in her own country (Kenya) and the world at large." By Rahab Mwatha

Istvan Bibo, ethical genius from the side of victims

"Istvan Bibo believed that holding on to principles and morals was not only desirable in politics but also indispensable for a genuine, long-term realism in politics. In other words, he thought political honour, taste and morality were existing and necessary concepts". By Istvan Bibo

  • 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.

Adopt a Righteous

Competition notice "Adopt a Righteous 2018/19"

The competition notice "Adopt a Righteous 2018/19" - proposed by Gariwo for the Association for the Garden of the Righteous of Milan, this year in collaboration with MIUR (The Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research) -, saw the participation of 300 institutes from all over Italy with more than a thousand works (literary texts, videos, comic stories, photographs) inspired by the stories of the Righteous.

Food for thought

the analysis

Victor Orban's dangerous ideas

editorial by Analysis by Gabriele Nissim, President of Gariwo, 17 May 2019

In 1930s, in Prague, when Nazism started its tragic process in Europe, Milena Jesenska claimed that to have a dignified life, one had to look after men who wanted to take the world towards a bad direction. If you do not pay attention, sooner or later bad politics will enter your home and become an unpleasant guest at your table.


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