“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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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
European Day of the Righteous in Brescia

h.11. 30 at Parco Tarello 
h.16.00: Meeting to celebrate Paolo De Benedetti at Palazzo della Loggia
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6 March 2020, at 11.30 a.m and 16.00 p.m.Brescia
Press conference for the Day of the Righteous in Brescia25 February 2020, at 12.00 p.m.Palazzo della Loggia, Brescia
Civil dialogue - Being Righteous for the environment

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. 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

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.Garden of the Righteous worldwide of Milan
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

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

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

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.Milan, Palazzo Marino
The extraordinary case of Rosenstrasse

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. Central synagogue in Milan
Martinetti and the others teachers expelled during fascism

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.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
European Day of the Righteous in Barbariga5 March 2020, at 10.00Barbariga, Brescia
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.

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

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 11:15Noceto (PR)
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)

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