“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.

2023 in Milan - 11th European Day of the Righteous and twenty years of Milan Garden

The celebrations

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Ceremony honoring the new Righteous at the Garden of the Righteous in Rho

On the occasion of the Day of the Righteous 2023 (6 March), the Municipality of Rho planned a serie of initiatives to commemorate and honor the Righteous, people who chose to save other people's live during persecutions and genocides.

On March 6, 2023 at 11 am the whole citizenzhip is invited to attend the ceremony in honor of three new Righteous: Luca Attanasio, Gino Strada, Aida Rostami, as a symbol for the women in Iran who fight against the regime

March 6, 2023, at 11:00 amGiardino dei Giusti di Rho, via Redipuglia (MI)
Day of the Righteous in Milan

The ceremony honoring the new Righteous will take place on March 3, at 10 am at the Garden of the Righteous worldwide in Milan. Together with the new Righteous and their representatives the new plaques will be unveiled and the parchments will be delivered to the Righteous suggested by the civil society.

This year's theme is: Saving the Humanity in Humankind. The Righteous and personal responsibility”.

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March 3, 2023, h 10Garden of the Righteous worldwide in Milan
Day of the Righteous 2023 in San Donato Milanese

The Garden of the Righteous in San Donato (MI) will dedicate two trees to new Righteous: Gino Bartali, the champion who saved Jews and Irena Sendler, the Polish nurse who saved 2500 Jewish children.

This year's theme is "the Righteous during Shoah and Nazism".

At the end of the ceremony the students of the High School Primo Levi will perform a theatrical and animated guided tour of their Garden of the Righteous.

March 9 2023, h 15:00Giardino dei Giusti di San Donato Milanese
A debate about the environmental crisis and the Righteous

On the Day of the Righteous 2023 (6 March) the city of Opera (MI) welcomes an event about the environmental crisis and the Righteous.

The event will be attended by the students of the Comprehensive Institute "Dante Alighieri" who will co-create recycled musical instruments and laboratorial activities with the authors of the book "“La bellezza salverà il mondo” (2021, Navarra Editore).

Thanks to the continuous collaboration with the Foundation ONE PLANET ONE FUTURE, there will also be the opportunity to watch the exposition of Anne De Carbuccia's photographs.

The new Righteous are: Wallace Broecker and Erwin Kräutler.

March 6, 2023, at 10:30 am and 6:00 pmGiardino dei Giusti di via Moneta e Sala Serafin, presso Polifunzionale, Opera (MI)
Day of the Righteous 2023 in Noceto

The Garden of the Righteous in Noceto, near Parma, was created in 2019 and this year will inaugurate on the occasion of the Day of the Righteous. The new Righteous honored will be six doctors: Carlo Angela, Giovanni Borromeo, Carlo Urbani, Franco Basaglia, Giuseppe Moreali and Sima Samar.

During the event the artwork "Mi curo di te" will be unveiled: it is a symbolic tree whose leaves represent the Righteous.

The ceremony will be attended by the students of the Primary School, the Basaglia Foundation, Foundation Villa Emma, parents and representatives of the Righteous.

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March 6, 2023, h 9:30Istituto Comprensivo di Noceto Rita Levi Montalcini
The Righteous and their example of committment and responsibility

The Municipality of Civitavecchia, near Rome, celebrates the Day of the Righteous 2023 on March 7 organizing a conference for the high school students of the territory.

Participants: Ernesto Tedesco, Mayor of Civitavecchia, Gabriella Sarraco, President of Fondazione CARICIV, Massimo Magnano, Contact person for Comunità Sant'Egidio, Francesco M. Cataluccio, Editorial Director of Gariwo Foundation.

At the end of conference, the students will go to the Garden of the Righteous in Villa Albani in Civitavecchia and will unveil the plaques dedicated to the new Righteous. They will be: Ettore Barzini, Berta Caceres, Peppino and Felicia Impastato, Senija Karemhic, Daniela Pompei, the students of "The White Rose" and Carlo Urbani.

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March 7, 2023 at 9:30 amFondazione CARICIV, viale Risorgimento, 8 - Civitavecchia
Building democracy in our time, fighting discriminations, persecutions and hate speech


Antonio Tajani - Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (tbc)

Opening Remarks
Francesco Verducci - Senator of the Italian Republic


Martina Landi - Project manager of Gariwo Foundation

Gabriele Nissim - President of Gariwo Foundation
Anna Foa - Historian
Lucio Romano - Senator of the Italian Republic XVII Legislatura
Milena Santerini - Professor at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Department of Education 

Jozef Wancer - Auschwitz Foundation

Access to the room - with appropriate clothing and, for men, a jacket and tie requirement - is allowed until the maximum capacity is reached.
Journalists and guests must be accredited by writing an email to

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March, 9 2023 - h 16:00
Sala Capitolare presso il Chiostro del Convento di Santa Maria sopra Minerva - Piazza della Minerva 38, Roma
Day of the Righteous 2023 in Rome

A new tree will be planted in the Garden of the Righteous in Rome in order to celebrate the Day of the Righteous 2023.

On March 7 at 11 am an olive tree will be dedicated to the memory of Vasilij Grossman, the writer who denounced the crimes of both communism and nazism. 

The ceremony is open to the citizenzship and will be attended by local institutions.

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March 7, 2023Garden of the Righteous in Rome in Villa Pamphilj
The Day of the Righteous 2023 in Palermo

The Garden of the Righteous of Palermo (Sicily) celebrates its first fifteen years anniversary.

For this occasion and to celebrate the Day of the Righteous (6 March), the Municipality organized an event open for the citizenship.

It will be attended by: Roberto Lagalla, Mayor of the municipality of Palermo and Claudia Segre, President of Global Thinking Foundation

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February, 24 2023, at 12:00Giardino dei Giusti, via Alloro 90 - Palermo

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