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The Garden of the Righteous

a project in Deerfield, Illinois

an image of the indoor Garden

an image of the indoor Garden

At Rochelle Zell Jewish High School in Deerfield, Illinois, a project on the Righteous themes has been organized by a group of students, called STAND, and their head Dr. Schorsch - partnered with the talented members of Art Club. The idea has been brought to the School by teacher Ayala Shahaf, involved with Gariwo. This school's student group is dedicated to ending genocides around the world and calling attention to international human rights abuses. Through education, activism and fund raising, the students contribute to raising awareness around the horrors of genocide and the importance of fighting for human rights. 

"The Garden of the Righteous" is the name of the project, an indoor Garden on the second floor of the School, small but extremely meaningful. Its aim is to honour and highlight the Righteous who helped during genocidal and dire times of darkness and danger, making a difference, no matter how small, and it features the work of Righteous individuals in three modern genocides: the Armenian Genocide, the Cambodian Genocide, and the Rwandan Genocide. Through designing and constructing the exhibition, students were able to bring the message of the importance of individual action and courage to the community

16 April 2019

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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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