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Minister Fedeli signs Decree and Memorandum with Gariwo
for the initiatives in the schools to popularize the examples of the Righteous

Minister Fedeli signs Decree and Memorandum with Gariwo

The voices of the Righteous at the Garden of Milan

What can you do? Help, in any possible way and at any price.

I will tell you the truth. What gave me the strength not to stop helping were not my faith or my dream of a better world, but the real daily needs of all the thousands of people who arrived every day on our island, not on holiday but to seek rescue from the death that was threatening them at their door front. By Daphne Vloumidi

​Remembering my father, Dr. Ho Feng Shan

My father would have been astonished by the honors that have since been accorded him. To him, the reason for doing what he did was simply this, he said: “On seeing the tragic plight of the Jews, it is natural to feel deep compassion, and from the standpoint of humanity, to be impelled to help them". By Ho Manli 

I saw my son in each of them

"Our greatest wish would be to get to Sweden one day to go and see them. Our fiercest regret is instead not to have gone out earlier that morning, as we usually did, at about 6, not 7. We would have saved twice as many…" By Costantino Baratta

What happened to the Armenians is being repeated today with the Yazidis

What happened with the Armenians at that time, today is being repeated with Yazidi people in Sinjar, they have been targeted by ISIS in August 2014, civilians were displaced, many men have been killed, women, girls and children have been abducted, tortured, raped and used as sex slaves. By Farida Abbas

Topical News

Toward a right to "environmental safety"?

24 countries of Latin America and the Caribbeans have signed a binding agreement containing measures to protect the environmental defenders.A measure that should be taken by the United Nations, as well. In the meanwhile, activists continue to die while trying to protect the Earth. 

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

Gariwo Chairman Gabriele Nissim has been appointed a Knight of the National Order to Merit by the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron “for his remembrance work and the development of the relations between our two countries”.

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.

Day of the Righteous of the humanity

Day of the Righteous in Milan: all the events with Gariwo

The stories of the Righteous are a living memory, and will keep on being lofty civil and human examples, which we all shall draw inspiration from" said Italy's President Mattarella. It is precisely with this spirit that Gariwo has cooperated with the Milanese institutions, associations and schools to mark the Day of the Righteous with several different events.

The message from the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella

Italy's President Sergio Mattarella sent Gariwo his wishes for the first National Day of the Righteous of the Humanity.We are publishing the text of his letter.

The words of Paolo Gentiloni

Italy's Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni sent Gariwo a message on the occasion of the celebrations for the first Day of the Righteous of the humanity.Here the text of the letter.

Palestinians and Jewish Rescuers (Righteous)

The Professor of the Israel Open University Yair Auron tells us about his latest research, which led to the book Rescuers 1929 - Rescue Stories of Jews and Palestinians in Hebron, about the Palestinians who saved the Jews during the massacre of 1929. They will be honoured at the Garden of Neve Shalom - Wahat Al Salam on the occasion of the Day of the Righteous 2018.

  • 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.

the analysis

Hospitality between past and present

editorial by Anna Foa, historian and professor emeritus at Università La Sapienza di Roma , 5 April 2018

Push-backs at the borders, walls erected to contain immigration, alarms on the invasion of migrants are not new phenomena, but they have precedents and possible terms of comparison in the past. I would like to refer to a moment that followed the great migrations from the Americas, in particular, an event that had a lot of similarities with what is happening today, involving not the perceptions of the media, but the policies of the States. This event is the International Conference of Evian of July 1938, summoned upon the impulse of American President Roosevelt to solve the issue of the Jewish refugees from Germany... 

the event

Art and the Shoah

On 19 and 20 of April at the "Fondazione Museo della Shoah of Rome", an encounter on the universal importance of the singularity of the Shoah, through an exploration of the connections between art, events and the Shoah. One of the speeches that of Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo Chairman. 

New Righteous at Monte Stella

The Righteous Of Hospitality at Monte Stella

This year the honoured Righteous have been Costantino Baratta, Daphne Vloumidi, Ho Feng Shan and Hammo Shero. Theirs are tales of people who have not turned a blind eye, but instead have acted. The ceremony recounted.

Parchments delivered to 16 New Righteous

The Virtual Garden “Giusti del Monte Stella” (Righteous of Monte Stella Hill), keeps on growing hosting 16 new figures. Discover them.

Dedication of the Ho Feng Shan Square
the Chinese Diplomat who saved the Jews