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Those who believe in good make nature more beautiful
by Gabriele Nissim

Those who believe in good make nature more beautiful

Topical News

Istvan Bibo, the greatest Hungarian democracy fighter

István Bibó has been the greatest democratic thinker of the Twentieth Century. Jurist, political scientist, essayist, scholar specialised in the problems of democracy in Hungary and Central Europe, was a free spirit who anticipated in his essays the subject of human, ethnic and social rights in Hungary. By Julia Vasarhelyi

Questions about memory

Today, public remembrance is facing other challenges, as we have seen recently in Italy. We talk about the Nazi past but try to separate it from the current history of the country. An answer to this all came from Liliana Segre, when she remembered that we should not compare the Racist Laws to what is happening today, but that the mechanisms of indifference are very similar. The Senator has talked with the spirit of Primo Levi: we forget and repress the past only when we do not look at the present. By Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo Chairman 

Dialogue on Remembrance with Svetlana Broz

Seizing the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we wanted to have with us Svetlana Broz, Bosnian cardiologist, grand-daughter to General Tito, honoured as Righteous in the Garden of Milan. On stage, we asked her some questions, starting from the events that unfolded in that conflict, in order to understand with the pupils in our audience what the warning signs of evil can be and how to counter them. Here are her words. 

Day of the Righteous in Milan

Concert for the Europe of the Righteous

On March 6th at 9.00 pm, at Milan Cathedral an organ concert will be held for the Day of the Righteous of the Humanity. With the extraordinary participation of Antonella Ruggiero, the concert will alternate, to the organ, Emanuele Carlo Vianelli, Alessandro La Ciacera, Roberto Olzer and, to the harp, Adriano Sangineto. Free admission while seats last from 8.00 pm

The Rigtheous for Europe and Africa at Monte Stella hill

On March 14th, on the occasion of the Day of the Righteous, Istvan Bibo, Simone Veil, Wangari Maathai and Denis Mukwege will be honoured at the Garden of Milan. The theme chosen by the Association for the Garden of the Righteous is "Humanity at a crossroads. Europe and Africa between indifference and responsibility".

The 2019 Righteous for the Virtual Garden

The Monte Stella hill Virtual Garden is enriched with new figures. Adélaïde Hautval, Andrea Angeli, Maria Bertolini Fioroni, Don Nino Frisia, Gherard Kurzbach, Guido Ucelli and Carla Tosi Ucelli, Ludwig "Luz" Long, Mons. JP Carroll Abbing, Giandomenico Picco, Sister Leonella Sgorbati will be honoured.

  • 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 6 March

Simone Veil

6th March, Day of the Righteous, is approaching. Also this year, we will present every week the figures that will be honoured on March 14 at the Garden of the Righteous of Milan. Between them Simone Veil, French Jew, survivor of the Holocaust, has embodied the values of united Europe and solidarity and fought for the dignity of women and human rights. Discover her story!

Simone Veil at the European Parliament
her first speech in Strasbourg - 17 July 1979
Simone Veil honoured with Pantheon burial
the speech by Emmanuel Macron