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Gabriele Nissim awarded with the Raoul Wallenberg Medal

The foundation’s founder Baruch Tenembaum, in an official letter to the award’s recipient, explained that the board’s choice fell on Nissim for his "tireless commitment to the humanitarian cause in the role of president of Gariwo, the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide an organisation devoted to upholding and divulging the stories and deeds of those individuals who have contributed to humanity’s moral enhancement."


A young and rebellious 90-year-old girl

Dear Liliana, the first thing I would like to tell you on your 90th birthday is thank you. Thank you so much. You are a great teacher of remembrance. Remembrance is an art because we not only need to remember, but also to convey a clear and accurate idea that can suggest new behaviours. When you visit schools and let your words be heard, you always send a very clear message.


Memory is not a self-defining safe

The memory of Shoah, when it was born, had a specific and universal character. The theme of never again seemed to be the great issue on which everyone was called to reflect. Remembering Holocaust meant stating vehemently that what had occurred to Jews should not be repeated for any human being. Today, however, we see how that ideal charge seems to fade away...


Three major issues for the future of human beings

We would have never expected this, but today the pandemic puts individuals in the entire world before decisions that can change the destiny of the entire planet. As in the Resistance and the post-war period, a situation is repeated where individual destiny is tied to that of all human beings. Individuals can become the creators of a new beginning that will impact everyone’s life.


Ubumuntu: What Genocide Tries to Kill and the Righteous Protect

During the Holocaust, the Righteous Among the Nations risked their lives to save the lives of others. Similar acts of rescue during the 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi are sometimes described in Kinyarwandan, the language of Rwanda, as “ubumuntu.”


Immerse yourself and get lost in friendship, as Montaigne did

I would like to recommend two classic texts on the value of friendship.
First of all, Laelius de amicitiaby Cicero and a chapter of Essays by Michel de Montaigne, published in Paris in 1588, Of Friendship. Why should we wonder about friendship today? Because it is today an antidote against loneliness we feel in social distancing we are forced to experience to avoid the spread of the virus.


Memory

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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Carlo Bianchi

he dedicated his life helping those in need, saving the Sonnino-Shapira Jewish family from persecution