It is important to reflect on the pedagogical and educational purpose of the Gardens of the Righteous for the moral growth of society. We may call it the Gariwo method: a new bottom-up experience aimed at making young people and citizens the protagonists of human and international affairs, in a framework where a passive spectator behaviour almost always prevails.
With this Garden, you remember not only the moral figures of your country, but the Righteous around the world who fought against the genocides of yesterday and today. The Gardens of the Righteous are not just a symbolic place, but the cultural instrument that should serve all humanity to denounce and prevent all genocides.
We envision these Gardens as a great agora, a civic temple dedicated to the value of the human person, where visitors are urged to become citizens who take responsibility, not only for their own country, also for the destiny of the entire world. They thus represent the place, as Liliana Segre suggests, that teaches us not to be indifferent. Unlike in the past, when passivity allowed for the worst crimes.
Gorbachev was not a Vaclav Havel, an Imre Nagy, a man like Michnik and Walesa. He allowed for the end of the Soviet system while continuing to believe in it until the end. His legacy is very uncomfortable today in Putin’s Russia, who, to rebuild the glories of imperialist Russia, is willing to send thousands of Russian soldiers to the slaughter and destroy entire cities, in Ukraine as he has already done in Chechnya, Georgia and Syria. Gorbachev taught the world that any reason of state, albeit the best cause, should never be accomplished with blood. By Gabriele Nissim, President of Gariwo