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THE MONUMENT OF THE CHOICE IN LAMPEDUSA
by Gabriele Nissim

THE MONUMENT OF THE CHOICE IN LAMPEDUSA

Topical News

The Garden of the Righteous of Milan inaugurated

On Sunday, 6 October 2019, the inauguration of the new Garden of the Righteous of Milan was held at Monte Stella hill, after the redevelopment works. An entire day of celebration. The most significant moment was undoubtedly the opening ceremony in the presence of the Life Senator Liliana Segre.


The role of Gariwo: education for global responsibility

What is Gariwo's identity and which are its goals in the coming years? We discussed this topic in a stimulating meeting with our ambassadors and collaborators. To answer these questions we must first of all start from the history of Gariwo and its originality in the cultural debate. 


Holocaust Education before Comparison

"Two-thirds of Millennials (66%) cannot identify what Auschwitz was.” While frequent references to terms from the Holocaust might help to inform younger generations that something called the Holocaust happened, knowledge of what the Holocaust was has evidently often failed to extend beyond the mere repetition of a few hollow words...


Will this be the century of water conflicts?

We wanted to focus on the concept of conflict because we believe that environmental instability can lead to strong political and security instability. We are increasingly moving towards a world that will be environmentally and climatically different from the one human beings have had over the last 11,000 years, and the way in which climate change is mainly visible is through water


A new Garden of the Righteous is born in Lebanon

On Saturday, June 29 in the village of Kfarnabrakh, 45 km from Beirut, the first Garden of the Righteous in Lebanon was inaugurated with the dedication of olive trees in honour of ten Righteous belonging to different ethnic groups, religions and beliefs.


Justice cannot be negotiated

I was at the United Nations on 23rd April and I could see how backwards the world is going on things that we already deemed to be acquired, about which we did not think we should discuss anymore. We are in a world driven by different currents, but I feel that in Italy there is a force that can stabilize our ship, the same one that is turning upside down when it comes to the values of democracy, mutual respect and humanity.


Stories

The Ravensbrück code

In the summer of 1942, SS doctors started conducting experiments on Ravensbrück camp prisoner women. This operation was guided by Karl Gebhardt, Heinrich Himmler's personal physician. Four girls found a way to tell the world the cruelties committed by the Nazis in the camp.


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


  • 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.

3 October Lampedusa

The Righteous in Lampedusa

On the night of the 3 October 2013, a boat capsized off “Rabbit Island” in Lampedusa. There were about 600 people on board, almost all of whom were Eritreans. The bodies recovered were 366. Many were the rescuers who fought against indifference. Since 3 October 2019, thanks to the commitment of Vito Fiorino and the support of Gariwo, a monument in Lampedusa remembers the victims and the Righteous of this episode. Click to know more

Lampedusa, six years after the 3 October 2013
pictures of the ceremony

Peres Center for Peace

From the Peres Center to the Garden of the Righteous

We visited the Milan's Garden of the Righteous worldwide together with Nadav Tamir, Senior Advisor for Governmental and International Affairs at the Israeli Peres Center for Peace - the Center dedicated to the former president of Israel who works through innovation to foster a better future in the Middle East and in the world.