“On March 6 we celebrate the Righteous that unite humanity and make us feel part of the same destiny”

What is the Day of the Righteous?

On 10 May 2012, the Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg accepted Gariwo's appeal - signed by many citizens and representatives of the world of culture - by setting up the European Day of the Righteous on 6 March, the date of the death of Moshe Bejski, creators of the Yad Vashem Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations. Starting from the definition of Yad Vashem, we have extended the concept of Righteous to include those who, throughout the world, have saved human lives in all genocides and defended human dignity during totalitarianism. From 7 December 2017, the Day of the Righteous is civil solemnity in Italy: every year on 6 March we celebrate the example of the Righteous of the past and present to spread the values ​​of responsibility, tolerance and solidarity.

The Day of the Righteous of the Humanity is celebrated with commemorations in Italy, in Europe and in the world, in the Gardens of the Righteous, in schools, with institutions, local administrations, local associations and thanks to the work of all the subjects that animate GariwoNetwork, that unites the realities involved in spreading the message of the Righteous.

6 March 2019 in Milan

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European Day of the Righteous at the European Parlliament - SUSPENDED

Building a positive legacy: an Armenian perspective 

Event organised by EuFoA, Gariwo, IDeA Foundation & Aurora Humanitarian Initiative. Hosted by Charlie Weimers, MEP. 

With Dr. Mirza Dinnayi, 2019 Aurora Prize Laureate, and Brando Benifei, MEP.

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18 March 2020, 9.30 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. SUSPENDED European Parliament, room A1H1
Inauguration of the Garden of the Righteous at Abbazia di Albino

Garden of the Righteous inauguration at Abbazia di Albino's high school, to celebrate the couple Edoardo Nicoli and Elisabetta Belotti. Planting of a tree with a commemorative plate.

6 March 2020Abbazia di Albino, Bergamo
Ceremony for celebrating the Righteous Luz Long

Celebration for the Righteous Luz Long with a dedicated plaque. Ceremony with the participation of 'Iridanza' and the children of the primary school.

7 March, 2020Carnate, Milano
Day of the Righteous in Villasanta

4.00 pm Dances for the Righteous by Laura Camesasca with the Folk group of Proloco Villasanta in the courtyard of Villa Camperio.

4.30 pm Inauguration of the Legality shelf in the Sala Ragazzi of the Civic Library.

With: the mayor Luca Ornago, Adele Fagnani - ass. to culture, Monia Colaci - representative of Libera, Fulvio Franchini - president of Anpi, Cinzia Bravin - president of Proloco Villasanta.

5.00 pm Theatrical reading "Being Righteous among the Righteous" in the Sala Ragazzi of the Civic Library.

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7 March 2020, at 4 p.m.Villasanta (MB) - via Confalonieri 55
Civil dialogue - Being Righteous for the environment (postponed)

Starting from a scientific study of the environmental theme, presentation of the Charter of environmental responsibilities and the figures of the Righteous for the environment such as Wallace Broecker, chosen to be honored at the Garden of Monte Stella hill. With Giovanna Iannantuoni, Rector of the Bicocca University, Gabriele Nissim, President Gariwo, the teachers of the Department of Earth Sciences of the Milano Bicocca University, Enrico Bonatti, geologist, Enea Roveda, AD LifeGate. 

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5 March 2020, at 10.00 a.m. (postponed)University of Milan Bicocca - Aula Magna
Dedication of a tree to the Righteous of Sport

Dedication of a tree to 4 sport figures: Gino Bartali, Emil Zatopeck, Vera Caslavska and Yusra Mardini. Champions who have changed the world.

14 March 2020, at 10.30 a.m.Giardino dei Giusti di Calvisano, BS
The Righteous for global responsibility in Milan (CANCELED)

On the occasion of the Day of the Righteous, the women of Rosenstrasse, Pietro Martinetti, Wallace Broecker, Valerij Alekseevič Legasov, Yusra Mardini, Hevrin Khalaf will be honored at the Garden of Milan. The theme chosen by the Association for the Garden of the Righteous of Milan for 2020 is: “Global responsibility. The challenge of the Righteous to save the planet and Humanity ".

10 March 2020, 10.30 a.m. (CANCELED)Garden of the Righteous worldwide of Milan
A private moment in honor of the Righteous for Global responsibility

Gariwo staff, along with the Association representatives, will be at Monte Stella for a symbolic moment in honor of the Righteous. Due to the emergency order regarding Coronavirus, the meeting will be private.

6 March 2020, at 2.30 p.m.Monte Stella, Garden of the Righteous (MI)
The moral legacy of Hevrin Khalaf

The story of Hevrin Khalaf, Secretary General of the Party for the Future of Syria killed on 12 October 2019, at the age of 35, by Islamist militants after the Turkish invasion of Syrian Kurdistan, will be told by her brother Hamid.

8 March 2020, at 4 p.m. Fa’ la cosa giusta - Fieramilanocity, Spazio Comune di Milano
Concert for the Righteous (CANCELED)

Concert for the Righteous with the "Virtuosi del Teatro alla Scala". Admission free on reservation

9 March 2020, at 9 p.m. (CANCELED)Teatro Dal Verme, Milan
Delivery of parchments for the Righteous of the Virtual Garden (POSTPONED)

The Virtual Garden of Monte Stella in Milan is enriched with new figures. The parchments will be delivered in the Sala Alessi of Palazzo Marino. A new tree will be dedicated to the new Righteous in the Virtual Garden.

10 marzo 2020, at 3 p.m. (POSTPONED)Milan, Palazzo Marino
The extraordinary case of Rosenstrasse (CANCELED)

Meeting with Rita Kuhn, survivor of deportations thanks to her mother, one of the women from Rosenstrasse, and Nathan Stoltzfus, professor at the University of Florida. Greetings from Gabriele Nissim, President Gariwo, Gadi Schoeneit, Councilor for Culture of the Milanese Jewish Community and Milo Hasbani, President of the Milanese Jewish Community.

8 March 2020, at 10 a.m. (CANCELED)Central synagogue in Milan
Martinetti and the others teachers expelled during fascism (postponed)

Inauguration of the exhibition on Pietro Martinetti and the teachers expelled from the University for not joining fascism. With Gabriele Nissim, Luca Bianchi, the curators of the exhibition and Anna Foa.

3 March 2020, at 12.30 a.m. (postponed)University of Milan
Day of the Righteous at 'Memory Garden' in Desenzano del Garda

A day for remembering many Righteous who fought against evil.
At 'Memory Garden', for the Day of the Righteous.
Readings and lectures.

6 March 2020, at 18.00Desenzano del Garda, Brescia
Day of the Righteous at Villa Hériot

Plantation ceremony dedicated to two Righteous among the Nations, Giulio and Stella Levorato and Emilia Taroli. They helped out from '44 to '45 some jewish families and saved them from the deportation.


Manuela Fano, ADEI

Paolo Navarro Dina, Jewish Community

Marco Borghi, Iveser

Maria Teresa Sega, Association rEsistenze

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6 March 2020, at 12.00 p.m.Villa Hériot, Giudecca-Zitelle, 54/P, Venice
Planting of a tree and inauguration of a celebrating plaque dedicated to Carlo Tagliabue

h. 9.00 a.m.

Greetings from the Mayor and the Head Teacher

Speech by Annamaria Samuelli on the Righteous

Speech by Matteo Lissi on Carlo Tagliabue figure

Speech by Carlo Tagliabue's family

Interventions by Golgi Redaelli representative and CDEC representative

h. 10.30 a.m.

Planting of a wild cherry tree along with a celebrating plaque in memory of Carlo Tagliabue

4 March 2020, at 9.00 a.m.Abbiategrasso - Ist. Bachelet (Via Stignani 63/65)
A night to celebrate the European day of the Righteous

Celebrating the European day of the Righteous with a show by the Falcone Choir Band and telling the story of Giuseppe Ruzzenenti, at the Soms Theatre.

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6 March 2020, at 20.30 p.m.Teatro Soms, Casaloldo
Inauguration of the Garden of the Righteous at Pontecurone

Garden of the Righteous inauguration at Pontecurone, birthplace of Saint Luigi Orione.

h.9.30: gathering at SOAMS hall, greetings from the Autority and students' readings.

h.10.30: procession through via Roma to don Orione Monument.
Garden inauguration, dedicated to 5 priests and 2 nuns, who saved lives and fought for human rights against persecution and totalitarianism, refusing to surrender. 

h. 11.00: refreshment at SOAMS hall.

29 May 2020, from 9.30 to 11.30SOAMS hall, Pontecurone (AL)
The Garden of the Righteous: School can set you free (POSTPONED)

Day of the Righteous' celebration dedicated to all the teachers who saved some jewish children, despite the racial laws. With the welcome presence of the parents of Parma's Righteous women already honored last year. 

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6 March 2020, at 11:15 (POSTPONED)Noceto (PR)
A new Garden is born in Lagaro

5 trees will be entitled to the Righteous of the World and the students will sing and read some Righteous' texts.

6 March 2020, from 9.00 am to 1.00 p.m. Lagaro, Castiglione dei Pepoli (BO)
Theatre Show called "You, the stranger"

A show at first study with the actors Elena Franci and Yunusa Cham (from Gambia, refugee in Italy). The show come from the necessity to investigate, through the Theatre language, the concept of identity, which has assumed in our age a double, apparently contradictory, meaning. Firstly as concept of expansion due to the globalisation process, and secondly as a closing towards the strangers. The suggestion related to the text comes from the African poets Derek Walcott e Warsan Shire.

29 February 2020, at 6.30 p.m.Shelter of Vicofaro, at Giardino dei Giusti di Pistoia (PT)
Righteous Women of Humanity

A project dedicated to Ulianova Radice, Director of Gariwo passed away in 2018.


Elena Vannoni, Culture and Education Councilor

Giulia Corazzi, Provincial Councilor with equal opportunities delegation

Patrizia Di Luca, Univ. San Marino, Director of the Institute of the Resistance and Contemporary Italy, Rimini

Francesca Panozzo, Resp. Remembrance Day trips of the Institute of the Resistance and Contemporary Italy, Rimini

In collaboration with Gariwo e Province of Rimini.

6 March 2020, at 9.30 - 11.00 a.m.Rimini
Sport meets History. Courage path: Gino Bartali, silent hero. (POSTPONED)

Novafeltria municipality organizes a meeting dedicated to Gino Bartali. Guests: Gioia Bartali, Gino Bartali's nephew; Elena Vannoni, Culture and Education Councilor; Patrizia Di Luca, Institute for the History of the Resistance and Contemporary Italy. Students will be present too.

7 March, at 10.30 a.m.Novafeltria, High School Auditorium (RI)
Garden of the Righteous in Coldirodi (POSTPONED)

Father Semeria's high school in Coldirodi, along with Sanremo municipality, inaugurates in Villa Luca a Garden of the Righteous with the planting of white rose tree dedicated to Sophie Scholl. There will also be remembered four Collantini that saved in 1944 books and paintings from the Nazis.

6 March 2020, at 10.30 a.m.Coldirodi,
New trees for the Garden of The Righteous (POSTPONED)

For the Garden of the Righteous anniversary, the National Boarding School "D. Cotugno" with the high schools and the Abruzzese Institute for the History of  the Resistance and Contemporary Italy will plant two trees dedicated to Mario De Nardis, a police station official in L'Aquila who fought for saving several jews from being arrested, and Nagham Nawzat Hasan, yazidi ginecologist who cured more than thousand of women escaped from ISIS.

6 March 2020, at 12:00L'Aquila, National Boarding School
Righteous path - Dedication of a stumbling block to Chico Mendes

Inauguration of a stumbling block dedicated to Chico Mendes at Torre De' Passeri, on the park's principal path.

March 6 2020, at 11:00 a.m.Parco dei Giusti, Torre De' Passeri
Inauguration of a sculpture dedicated to Nelson Mandela

Inauguration of a sculpture to celebrate the Righteous Nelson Mandela in Bussi Sul Tirino, Pescara, promoted by the mayor and the students of the town. 

7 March 2020, at 11:00 a.m.Il bosco dei Giusti, Bussi Sul Tirino (Pescara)
The Courtyard of the Righteous and the Environmental protection

Presentation of the Court of the Righteous website of the high school, with contents linked to the Garden of the Righteous trees with qr codes.

Court visit with reflections on the life and activities of the honored Righteous, dedication of a tree to Chico Mendes, brasilian environmentalist chosen by 2C students for "Adopt a Righteous" ; presentation and playing of a music track unedited, dedicated to Chico Mendes (with references to the environment issues and Vallo del Sacco in particular).

6 March 2020, from 11.51 a.mCourtyard of the RIghteous Corte dei Giusti, high school Ceccano (FR)
Tree planting dedicated to the Righteous Etty Hillesum and Charlotte Salomon

For the European Day of the Righteous, some institutions along with Bisceglie municipality, will plant, at the Garden of the library, two trees dedicated to Etty Hillesum and Charlotte Simon.

7 March 2020, at 10.30 a.m.Library Garden
Us, Righteous among the Righteous

Institute "Francesco di Capua" of Castellammare di Stabia, in the occasion of the Day of the Righteous, will promote a manifestation in which Holocaust witnesses, essayist and commentators will be hosted. 

The event will end with the planting of a small tree dedicated to the Righteous Clelia Caligiuri

6 March 2020Castellammare di Stabia (NA)
Day of the Righteous in Copertino

Ceremony for the European Day of the Righteous with the dedication of new trees to: Franz Jagerstatter, Irena Sandler, Enrico Calamai.

6 March 2020Copertino
Never too young to make the difference

Theatral Show about the life and the commitment of Greta Thunberg. 

6 March 2020Auditorium I.C. ERODOTO Corigliano Calabro
Garden of the Righteous inauguration in Caltanissetta

Garden of the Righteous inauguration in honor of the judge Rosario Livatino, killed by the organized crime in 1990. He will be celebrated among the Righteous for his brave opposition against the organized crime. 
Together with the prosecutor Tona and Giuseppe Livatino, the students will reflect on this example of civil courage.

6 March 2020High School “A. Volta” - Caltanissetta
Day of the Righteous Celebration at Neve Shalom-Wahat al Salam

Annual celebration for the Day of the Righteous at Neve Shalom Wahat al Salam

12 March 2020, from 11.00 a.m. to 13.00 p.m. Neve Shalom Wahat al Salam, Israel
Garden of the Righteous inauguration - botanical garden at the high school "E. Fermi" (POSTPONED)

Ceremony with a brief show by high school students about the savings of a huge number of Jews thanks to Ezio Giorgetti (first italian person honored with the title of Righteous among the Nations), Oscar Carugno and Giuseppe Rubino.

A laurel crown deposition will follow along with the unveiling of the stone dedicated to the first two figures.

6 March 2020, at 11.00 a.m.Minervino Murge, botanical garden of E. Fermi school (BT)

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