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The current human rights challenges

On the eve of the European elections, we decide to talk about Europe’s role in the defence of human rights during the second edition of GariwoNetwork, on 29 November at Frigoriferi Milanesi. Our special guest will be historian Marcello Flores, with whom we have talked about the current situation of human rights around the world, between perceptions, challenges and international organizations.


Let’s look at the earth from a drone to counter the culture of the enemy

What will the Gardens of the Righteous that we are building with enthusiasm all over the world be like in the next years? Will they become a place of collective growth of the society, showing the examples set by the best people who believed in the future of humanity, or will they tell us about tales of people who have acted according to values, which were different – and even opposite – values to those we see emerge in today’s world? By Gabriele Nissim


Hatred, indifference, intolerance

As early as in 2007, I devised and edited a book entitled as L’odio. Irreparabile? (Hate. Irreparable?). Taking it up again today, I was really struck by two things: the extreme topicality of the issues it dealt with and, above all, the observation that hatred has nearly become a dominating value. By Nadia Neri


Topical News

Nobel Peace Prize to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad "for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict". Mukwege has dedicated his life to help and defend women victims of violence and abuse in Congo. Murad, yazidi, has instead witnessed to the world the drama of her people.


New photos of Moshe and Erika Bejski

Ayala Shahaf, grandnephew of Moshe and Erika - aunt of her father, Igal Tal - wants to share with us some public and private photos of the couple, making us think once again about the great example they gave us.


Education denied: the appalling future of children who can’t go to school

Education is a fundamental right that should also be granted to all children, but the current reality couldn't be more distant from that. Moas joined Unicef's call for greater support to Rohingya children: educated children are precious for their community. By Regina Catrambone


The apologies of the Italian academic world to the Jews

Eighty years after the Racial Laws, on next 20th September, the deans of 83 Italian universities will gather in Pisa to apologize to the Jews. 


Stories

Farewell to Father Giovanni Barbareschi

Passing away at age 96 of father Giovanni Barbareschi, founder of OSCAR, priest and "rebel for love". “Youths, fall in love with freedom. Only this way you become men and women”. These were his amazing and moving words as he was honoured at the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide of Milan on 6 March 2014. 


Kiichiro Higuchi

Major General Kiichiro Higuchi saved 2,000 Jews during the nazi persecution, providing them the passports to cross the Soviet border with Manchuria. “Japan is not a vassal of Nazi Germany. Do you really think it's right to bring forward Hitler's flag and crush these unwelcome people?”...


The stories of those who helped

The exhibition Americans and the Holocaust also tells us about rescue stories of American people and associations that helped the Jews in the years of Nazi persecution. We have told some of them. 


  • 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

Why the United States needs to commemorate the Righteous of the world

editorial by Craig Palmer, anthropologist, 22 October 2018

At some point the chain reaction of moral elevation resulting from the experiences of the Gardens might lead to the United States joining Europe in recognizing March 6th, the anniversary of Moshe Bejski’s death in 2007, as a day when people can celebrate all the Righteous of the world, and help transform the current "European Day of the Righteous" into a "Worldwide Day of the Righteous".

Farewell to Ulia

Director of Gariwo

Ulianova Radice, director of Gariwo, died in Milan on October 15 at the age of 64. Philosopher, founder of Gariwo together with Gabriele Nissim, Pietro Kuciukian and Anna Maria Samuelli, always committed to spreading the stories and values of the Righteous

News from Sweden

In Stockholm, a tree for Harald Edelstam

On Monday 24 September, in the seat of the Italian Embassy to Stockholm, a tree and a plaque have been placed in memory of Harald Edelstam, the Swedish diplomat who helped the politically persecuted in Pinochet's Chile.