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Gabriele Nissim Is Appointed A Knight of France's National Order to the Merit

The announcement of the honors

The medal of France's National Order to the Merit

The medal of France's National Order to the Merit

Gariwo Chairman Gabriele Nissim has been granted the title of Knight of the National Order to Merit by the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron “for his remembrance work and the development of the relations between our two countries”.

The news was delivered to us by a letter from the French Ambassador to Rome Christian Masset.

Following is the text of the letter:

Rome, 26 January 2018

Distinguished Professor,

I am honoured and very pleased to inform you that you have been appointed by the National Order to the Merit, to the rank of Knight, by decree of the President of the French Republic on 26 January 2018.

With this letter I am sending you my sincerest congratulations for this honor that marks the recognition, by the highest French authorities, of the eminence of your work and commitment to the service of remembrance and the relations between our two countries.

Please, Dear Professor, accept this recognition as a sign of my highest consideration.


Christian MASSET

Gabriele Nissim, essayist and writer, is the founder and chairman of Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous, the non-profit organization that deals with the search for the exemplary figures that are embodied by the Righteous and their popularization, chiefly among young people. In 2003 it promoted in Milan the creation of the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide, and numerous Gardens have been created all over Europe and the Middle East since then. In 2014 he received the Golden Ambrogino by the city of Milan, for his “steady commitment to the prevention of new crimes against the humanity, the creation of Gariwo and the campaign that led to the proclamation of European Day of the Righteous (6 March)” - established by the European Parliament in 2012. Gabriele Nissim is, with Gariwo, also the promoter of the Day of the Righteous of the Humanity, approved by the Italian Parliament on 7 December 2017, that acknowledges European Day of the Righteous and makes it a civil solemnity in the Italian legal sytem.
He was granted the title of Knight of Madara, the highest cultural honor of Bulgaria, for discovering the figure of Dimitar Peshev. He won the prize “Ilaria Alpi” for his documentary Il giudice dei Giusti and received a special mention of the Lombardy Region for his commitment to the theme of the Righteous. For Mondadori he published Ebrei invisibili (with Gabriele Eschenazi); L’uomo che fermò Hitler; Il tribunale del bene; Una bambina contro Stalin; La bontà insensata and La lettera a Hitler. His new book, Il bene possibile, will be published on 27 February by Edizioni Utet.

6 February 2018

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