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“The solution is there; we need moderate leadership to implement it.”
An interview with Nadav Tamir

“The solution is there; we need moderate leadership to implement it.”

UEFA EURO 2020

UEFA EURO 2020: a public event on Women’s Rights at the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide in Milan

Yesterday, Gariwo organized a public event at the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide, in Milan, on the occasion of today’s opening match of the UEFA EURO 2020 Championships in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, featuring Italy vs Turkey. The event followed Gariwo’s appeal to have the match refereed by a female referee, possibly assisted by an all-female team. The appeal sparked from Turkey's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention against gender-based and domestic violence in March 2021.


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

UN Court confirms life sentence on genocide for the Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic

A UN international tribunal upheld the conviction of the former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic, sentenced to life prison on charges of genocides, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. The sentence comes nearly three decades after Europe’s first genocide since WWII, which occurred during the war in the Balkans (1992-1995).


A new analysis shows the long-term population impact of Chinese birth control policies in Xinjiang

According to a new analysis by the German researcher Adrian Zenz, shared exclusively with Reuters ahead of publication, Chinese birth control policies could cut between 2.6 to 4.5 million births of the Uyghur and other ethnic minorities in southern Xinjiang within 20 years, up to a third of the region's projected minority population.


Hong Kong authorities banned public commemorations of Tienanmen Square massacre, putting activists in jail

Every year, on June 4, we remember the hundreds of students and workers killed in Beijing in 1989 in what is known as the "Tiananmen Square massacre". Each year, when this date comes around, the Chinese government tries to prevent the demonstrations for Tiananmen Square from taking place by using an iron fist against the activists.As yet, 2021 is being no exception. Instead, the vigil on June 4 has been declared illegal and the Chinese government already arrested some activists.


Germany recognizes Herero and Nama genocide

"I am pleased and grateful that we have been able to reach an agreement with Namibia on how to deal together with the darkest chapter of our common history," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Friday. In a joint statement, which is the result of more than six years of negotiations, Germany recognizes what happened in the then Southwest African colony between 1904 and 1908 as genocide, and pledges to pay 1.1 billion euros as a "gesture of recognition".


Macron asks Rwanda for forgiveness over the 1994 genocide

In a speech delivered on May 27, 2021, at the genocide memorial in Kigali, French President Macron said France had for too long "valued silence over examination of the truth", standing by a genocidal regime that killed about 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus.


On Israel’s relations with its’ Arab minority

The heartbreaking scenes of violence between Jews and Arabs in our mixed cities are already seared in our consciousness. Just in the last couple of weeks, we participated in the traditional Iftar meals with our Arab neighbors and friends and planned more projects to strengthen the delicate human tissue of majority and minority relations in our country.


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

In Israel, we should pay great attention to a cultural movement that was born in Italy and is now spreading across Europe and the rest of the world. Gabriele Nissim, an Italian Jew, created an organization called Gariwo. Gariwo universalized the notion of the Righteous among the Nations – originated in Yad Vashem to honor those who saved the life of a Jew – by uniting Jews, Armenians, Rwandans, Bosnians, and the survivors of other genocides. With Gariwo, the memory of the Righteous gains double significance, becoming both Jewish and universal.


Stories

Maria Urayeneza

Maria Urayeneza was born on November 14, 1955. She married her husband Silas Habiyambere in 1976. Silas Habiyambere e Maria Urayeneza managed to save many people from the Tutsi Genocide in Rwanda. At the moment, we could count 54 people, of which 31 survived while 23, despite the help of Silas and Maria, were unfortunately killed.


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 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.

POLAND

Warsaw’s Garden of the Righteous: from Polish history to the world

Anna Ziarkowska is a Polish historian, political scientist, and writer. In this interview, she tells us about the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide in Warsaw, its history, symbolic location, activities, and relationship with the Jewish community. Warsaw's Garden embraces a universal celebration of the Righteous, having turned Polish history into a lens to look at the world and connect with unfamiliar others.

From Neve Shalom - Wahat al Salam

A message from the "oasis of peace"

In addition to the immediate pain and fear for our loved ones, everyone in our Village is angry and saddened by this umpteenth outbreak of violence. All of our work aims to rekindle hope for a better, more equitable, peaceful, and secure future for Jews and Palestinians wherever they live. Each new outbreak of violence provides concrete testimony that we are a long way from such a future. Again we condemn violence on both sides. To our friends worldwide, our message is first and foremost to call for an immediate end to violence.

Book Review

Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue

Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue is a posthumous book by American jurist and Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg, published in March 2021 by University of California Press. Titled after a passage in the Torah (Deuteronomy 16:20), the book is a detailed curation of Bader Ginsburg’s legacy. It consists of a collection of materials, many of which unpublished, from Bader Ginsburg’s career and family life, including briefs and oral arguments as an advocate for gender equality, bench announcements, opinions, and public speeches.

The UN for the Righteous