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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.


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. 


Gariwo and the importance of retelling stories of Righteousness

Humans are storytellers. We not only tell stories about the past to influence the future behaviour of others, we often retell the stories we hear. Some of the stories told and retold for generations by humans everywhere are descriptions of sacrifice for the sake of others. These stories have a special importance because they can have a very specific influence on those who hear them.


Minister Fedeli signs the Decree and the Memorandum with Gariwo

Italy's Minister of Education, University and Research, Mrs. Valeria Fedeli, signed the Decree that establishes the Working Group, composed of representatives of MIUR, Gariwo and the world of School and University, which will have to plan the activities related to the celebrations of the Day of the Righteous of the Humanity, on 6 March every year.


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. 


The possible Good

The Righteous show us that goodness is possible

The key issue I sought to address is that of giving some references to the youths, but the mechanism was not focused on offering them any models. We don’t have to hallow the Righteous. If we pass on the idea that the Righteous are equal to us, with faults and contradictions, we show that goodness is possible. By Gabriele Nissim 


The everyday Righteous who might save the world

“The Possible Good” can be meant as "I can't do more", "I can't do any better". However, it is the instance of the moment that defines possibility. To express this with more depth, it is "the call”. The Righteous responds to an urgencyBy philosopher Salvatore Natoli


The Righteous and the inviolability of life

The Righteous, by their deeds, show that there is never a necessary reason to sacrifice a life, even for a lofty ideal, because otherwise, we would enter an absolute contradiction: the ideal, in fact, is to make life inviolable. By psychoanalyst Massimo Recalcati


  • 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

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

editorial by Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo Chairman, 19 September 2018

What will the Gardens of the Righteous, that we are building with enthusiasm all over Italy, Europe and on the shores of the Mediterranean, be like in the next years? They can provide a background to stimulate and bring about in society the positive emulation of goodness, knowledge and wit. We must not imagine them as museums of the Good, but rather as stimuli to act wisely in our daily life.

Hatred, indifference, intolerance
by Nadia Neri

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.

NEW PHOTOS OF MOSHE AND ERIKA BEJSKI

promoters of the Jerusalem Garden of the Righteous

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.