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A Garden of the Good in Jordan against hatred and terror
by Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo Chairman

A Garden of the Good in Jordan against hatred and terror


​Harald Edelstam: The Raoul Wallenberg of the 70'

The embassy of Sweden to Rome will dedicate a tree in its garden to diplomat Harald Edelstam, on whom Gariwo has bestowed the title of “Righteous”. Edelstam during the 70' was active in Chile, he worked to help Cuban colleagues and political refugees to escape persecution following Pinochet's coup. By Emilio Barbarani, Italian Ambassador in Santiago del Cile 

Yad Vashem remembers the Righteous teachers

While Nazism raged all over Europe, some people decided not to turn a blind eye in the face of persecution. Many of them were teachers, all having in common a deep humanity and consistency with what they had been teaching in the classroom for years, reciprocal respect and peaceful coexistence among human beings. 

The Garden of the Good

Remember the Good is still possibile

It seems that the real crisis of humanity is not the lack of goodness, but the lack of meaning. EcoPeace and Gariwo have still decided not to fall into nihilism and to honour individuals who made a positive change during their life. For this reason the 30th of October 2017 we will inaugurate the Garden of the Good at Sharhabil Bin Hasseneh EcoPark. By EcoPeace Middle East

The Garden of the Good born in Jordan

On October 30 in Jordan, the Garden of the Good will be inaugurated, it is the result of the collaboration between Gariwo and EcoPeace Middle East, supported by the Embassy of Italy in Amman. The seven figures honoured at the Garden have distinguished themselves in the battle against terrorism and the defense of environmental and cultural heritage.

Jews in Shanghai

The "miracle" of Shanghai

Interview with Nicola Zavaglia, the director - together with René Balcer - of Above the Drowning Sea, a documentary about the incredible tale of the Jews who fled to Shanghai. The voices of the film are those of Julianna Margulies and Tony Goldwyn. By Martina Landi

Jews in Shanghai, between hope and paradox

The tale of the Jews in Shanghai has been since 2012 at the core of Ye-Shanghai, curated by Roberto Paci Dalò. With him we have talked about the birth of this project, the figures of the Righteous and the importance of making remembrance not only to narrate the past, but also to reflect on the facts occurring today. By Martina Landi

Topical News

Mediterranean Sea, Africa, Europe. Beyond emergency

In the Charter of Responsibilities 2017 there is a guiding principle: the responsibility of the individuals to stop the conflicts that bathe our time in blood, to find a way to overcome them. At the base of the hate that has manifested itself in the various outbreaks of crisis there is a common element: the process of dehumanization of who is identified as the enemy.

Far from “our sea”, but close to our heart

On the other side of the world, in an area between Myanmar and Bangladesh, with a frontier once again as a bridge between salvation and persecution, a little-known Muslim minority - the Rohingya - tries to survive privation and violence. In September, MOAS Italia has decided to engage in an area far from our "sea", because suffering and humanity have no boundaries and exceed any barrier or geographical distance.

The atrocities against Rohingya do not stop

At the moment there are about a million Rohingya in Myanmar and they are one of the most persecuted minority in the world. Moreover, from three and half a month, in the north of the Rakhine State they are subjected to a fierce military repression. 

  • 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, Members of the Parliament in Strasbourg approved Gariwo’s call – signed by citizens and representatives from the world of culture – establishing the European Day of the Righteous. 

    Starting from the definition of Yad Vashem, we have extended the meaning of the term “Righteous” including men and women who, in every part of the world, saved lives in all the genocides and defended human dignity during totalitarianisms.

    The date of 6 March has been chosen because it coincides with the death of Moshe Bejski, the creator of the Avenue of the Righteous in Yad Vashem.

    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.

News from the Gardens

A new Garden in Jordan

the analysis

A Garden of the Good in Jordan

editorial by Martina Landi, Gariwo , 24 October 2017

The Gardens of the Righteous celebrate the Good in the world as a fundamental value. Our effort is to find stories that break the schemes, to answer those who, in fear, hide behind dangerous prejudices. From Israel to Tunisia, this cultural operation now extends to Jordan with the creation of a new Garden of the Good, a place born thanks to the collaboration between Gariwo, the Italian Embassy in Amman and EcoPeace Middle East.

Message by Angelino Alfano

"Italy commends the setting up of "The Garden of Good" in Jordan, to celebrate the Righteous. Housed in the Sharhabil Bin Hassner Eco Park, the Garden is the result of a cooperation between Gariwo and EcoPeace Middle East". The words by Angelino Alfano, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

For a Day of the RIGHTEOUS

the analysis

The law on the Righteous of the humanity

editorial by Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo Chairman, 20 October 2017

The law about the Righteous of the humanity concerns our ability and willingness to bring about those who, in the gloomy times of the humanity, when unjust laws prevailed and people were persecuted, have taken up personal responsibility in the face of evil.