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Simone Veil at the European Parliament

On 17 July 1979, during the first session of the first directly-elected European Parliament, Simone Veil, the newly-elected President of the European Parliament, delivers a speech which throws the spotlight on the Parliament’s role as the driving force in the quest for European integration.

Simone Veil honoured with Pantheon burial

"And when she decided to be a testimony of her deportation, it was first to pay homage to the Righteous of France. She rose against those who portrayed a France won by the antisemitic delusions of HITLER, PETAIN and LAVAL, to recall the incredible and spontaneous courage of those French families who, at the risk of their lives, had hidden Jews children, saving them from persecution and an atrocious death", by Emmanuel Macron. 

Conversation with Gyorgy Litvan on Istvan Bibo

Following we repropose some passages of the conversation that Gariwo Chairman Mr Gabriele Nissim had in 1999 in Budapest with Gyorgy Litvan, a Hungarian historian, friend and fellow inmate of Istvan Bibo. They deliver us the portrait of a man, Bibo, of great intelligence and moral strength, "the very embodiment of conscience".

The intellectual and moral struggle of Istvan Bibo

In 2000, in Padova, Istvan Bibo's daughter-in-law brought her testimony to remember the figure of the Righteous, critical conscience of the nation during both totalitarianisms. We report some of the steps of his speech, which is available in its entirety in the box.

Being Righteous to oneself and the others

Often we talk about the fascination of evil, but evil becomes fascinating when it is immersed in an ironic dimension when it is described and told in a way that shows the difference between cruelty and daily life. What is fascinating is life, not evil. The immanence of life, which we can never exit. By Pietro Barbetta

Europe and human rights

The reflection on what Europe can represent today, in a world, which is not only full of contradictions but also of extremely dangerous shadows, should be united with another reflection, maybe more general, on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights... By Marcello Flores


Remember the past in order to build a future

The International Committee of the Armenian Righteous. Memory is the Future was founded by Piero Kuciukian in order to commemorate those who went against the genocide of 1915. The title emphasises the function of the memory, which is not a nostalgic look back in history, but a a clear sense of the past to build a future without making old mistakes.
The memory has many solutions and presents conflicting results, either positive or negative depending on how it is treated. Reflections on the previous events help us to understand the present, which means to search for the coordinates that allow us to interpret new situations with awareness of the dangers or opportunities that are triggered by certain mechanisms such as cultural, social and individual. The experience of the genocides of the twentieth century, the phenomenon of totalitarianism, resulted in the devastating world war, the balance of power during the Cold War, provide very precise indications on the geopolitical hegemony and humanitarian frifts to be avoided, while the example of the Righteous, their varied efforts on behalf of the persecuted, the demand for freedom, independence of thought and the instance of the defense of human dignity, are to be taken to avoid the pitfalls of arrogance, denial of truth, the rejection of diversity, closing the other, unilateral decision.

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The story of the Jews

BBC documentary aired by PBS