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The Garden of the Righteous of Milan

dedicated to the Righteous from all over the world

Opening in 2003

On 24th January 2003, following the proposal made by the President of Gariwo Gabriele Nissim to reserve a symbolic place in the city for remembrance of morally resistant exemplary individuals from all parts of the Earth, the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide was opened in Milan, in the large green area of Monte Stella. The first trees were dedicated to Moshe Bejski for the Righteous of Shoah, Pietro Kuciukian in honour of the Righteous for Armenians, Svetlana Broz for the Righteous against ethnic cleansing in the Balkans.

The Garden of the Righteous is a place of dialogue and education to personal responsibility that pays tribute to women and men who helped the victims of genocides, persecution and totalitarian regimes in every part of the world. It teaches us to recognize the beauty of good individuals and shows that by exercising even the smallest space of freedom, every human being can become a bulwark against injustice or crimes against humanity.

Activities carried out in this place led to the institution of the Day of the Righteous on 6th March, which became a civil festivity in Italy in 2017.

The Birth of the Association

Since 13th November 2008 the Garden has been managed by the Association for the Garden of the Righteous of Milan, founded by the City of Milan, the Union of Italian Jewish Communities and Gariwo.

Chaired by Milan Mayor in office, every year the Association organizes the ceremony at the Garden on 6th March and coordinates educational, dissemination and cultural activities revolving around this place.

New Look

In 2019 the Garden was renovated based on a project by architects Stefano Valabrega and Giacomo Crepax. The new space has been designed to be a living place of education, remembrance and dialogue not only during official ceremonies, but also throughout the year.

This is why the Garden hosts a real path among the Righteous. After discovering the stories of exemplary individuals honoured with a tree and a memorial stone, one walks through Viale del Bene (the Avenue of the Good) up to Albero della Memoria (the Tree of Remembrance), where plaques dedicated to the new Righteous begin. After this, one reaches Spazio del Dialogo (the Dialogue Room), a small area with a few chairs where one can reflect, read and talk. The path then leads to a peculiar piece, Albero delle Virtù (the Tree of Virtues). Its geometry recalls the map of Milan and words engraved are the values guiding the actions of the Righteous: solidarity, human rights, civil courage, memory, truth.
At the end of the path, surrounded by trees, one eventually reaches an Amphitheatre dedicated to Ulianova Radice, Gariwo director who passed away in 2018. This space can host concerts, theatre performances, debates and classes, to think about the stories of the Righteous and to what their example can teach us in everyday life.

Experiencing the Garden

Every year, on the Day of the Righteous – 6th March, this place hosts the ceremony dedicating new plaques, before city authorities, the Righteous or their representatives and hundreds of students.

However, the Garden is a place to be experienced also at different times. It is an original architectural space, an open-air museum to be discovered as a peculiar corner of the city; it hosts events, concerts, theatre performances and readings; it periodically offers activities for children and youngsters; it can be visited at any time of the year thanks to the dedication of our guides and to the audio guide created by Gariwo editorial staff - a tour telling about exemplary individuals honoured through images, stories, in-depth analyses, interviews, thematic pathways and quizzes to “play” with the Righteous.

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Experiencing the Garden

Righteous honoured

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Name Ceremony
61Piero Martinetti
founder of the Philosophical School of Milan, he was the only philosopher among university professors to refuse to take the oath to the fascist regime in 1931
Ceremony 2020 "The Righteous of global responsibility"
60The Women of Rosenstrasse
they saved 2.000 Jews with a bold protest on Berlin's Rosenstrasse
Ceremony 2020 "The Righteous of global responsibility"
62Wallace Broecker
pioneer of the fight against climate change
Ceremony 2020 "The Righteous of global responsibility"
63Valerij Legasov
the man who managed to mitigate the consequences of Chernobyl
Ceremony 2020 "The Righteous of global responsibility"
64Yusra Mardini
a young swimmer for refugee rights
Ceremony 2020 "The Righteous of global responsibility"
65Hevrin Khalaf
activist for the peaceful coexistence between Kurds, Syriac Christians and Arabs
Ceremony 2020 "The Righteous of global responsibility"
56Istvan Bibo
he helped Jews with false documents and he wrote political analyses in which he opposed the Communist party's dictatorial tendencies
Ceremony 2019 "The Righteous for Europe and Africa"
57Simone Veil
A Holocaust survivor, she was a magistrate, minister, and the first woman President of the European Parliament and also the first to preside over the directly elected European Parliament
Ceremony 2019 "The Righteous for Europe and Africa"
59Denis Mukwege
A doctor against rape in the Congo
Ceremony 2019 "The Righteous for Europe and Africa"
58Wangari Muta Maathai
The "woman of trees", symbol of the struggle to promote peace
Ceremony 2019 "The Righteous for Europe and Africa"
53Ho Feng Shan
the first diplomat who saved Jews by issuing visas for them to let them escape from the Holocaust
Ceremony 2018 "The Righteous of Hospitality. Beyond borders to pull down the walls"
54Costantino Baratta
the bricklayer from Lampedusa who saved 12 Eritrean children during the massacre of 3 October
Ceremony 2018 "The Righteous of Hospitality. Beyond borders to pull down the walls"
55Daphne Vloumidi
the hotel owner from Lesbos who was arrested for driving them to the ferry embarkment to Athens the refugees landed in 2015
Ceremony 2018 "The Righteous of Hospitality. Beyond borders to pull down the walls"
52Hammo Shero
The chief of Sindjar who defended the Armenians during genocide
Ceremony 2018 "The Righteous of Hospitality. Beyond borders to pull down the walls"
48Mohamed Naceur (Hamadi) ben Abdesslem
the guide who took into safety the Italians at the Bardo Museum
Ceremony 2017 "The Righteous of Dialogue: the meeting of diversities to overcome hatred"
49Lassana Bathily
the young boy from Mali who saved the Jews during the attack against the kosher supermarket
Ceremony 2017 "The Righteous of Dialogue: the meeting of diversities to overcome hatred"
51Pinar Selek
Turkish sociologist and peace and human rights activist
Ceremony 2017 "The Righteous of Dialogue: the meeting of diversities to overcome hatred"
47Raif Badawi
the Saudi blogger sentenced to 1000 lashes
Ceremony 2017 "The Righteous of Dialogue: the meeting of diversities to overcome hatred"
50Etty Hillesum
was the author of confessional letters and diaries which describe both her religious awakening and the persecutions of Jewish people in Amsterdam during the German occupation
Ceremony 2017 "The Righteous of Dialogue: the meeting of diversities to overcome hatred"
45Flavia Agnes
a lawyer for women’s rights, writer and activist of gender issues
Ceremony 2016 "The moral and civil resistance of women for their dignity as a universal heritage"
46Sonita Alizadeh
the rapper who denounced the tragedy of child brides
Ceremony 2016 "The moral and civil resistance of women for their dignity as a universal heritage"
42Felicia Bartolotta Impastato
Peppino Impastato’s mother
Ceremony 2016 "The moral and civil resistance of women for their dignity as a universal heritage"
44Halima Bashir
a doctor in Darfur
Ceremony 2016 "The moral and civil resistance of women for their dignity as a universal heritage"
43Vian Dakhil
Yazidi deputy against the Islamic State
Ceremony 2016 "The moral and civil resistance of women for their dignity as a universal heritage"
41Azucena Villaflor
founder of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo
Ceremony 2016 "The moral and civil resistance of women for their dignity as a universal heritage"
23Khaled al-Asaad
the keeper of Palmyra
Special Ceremony 2015
6​Mehmet Gelal Bey
the vali of Aleppo who opposed the Armenian genocide
Ceremony 2015 "Then and now, the Always Needed Righteous"
3Alganesh Fessaha
a woman to the rescue of migrants in Africa and Lampedusa
Ceremony 2015 "Then and now, the Always Needed Righteous"
5Razan Zaitouneh
a human rights advocate in Syria
Ceremony 2015 "Then and now, the Always Needed Righteous"
4​Ghayath Mattar
Syrian activist killed because of his struggle for democracy
Ceremony 2015 "Then and now, the Always Needed Righteous"
1Rocco Chinnici
brave promoter of the first anti-Mafia team of the Palermo courthouse, was killed by the cosche (Mafia group)s
Ceremony 2015 "Then and now, the Always Needed Righteous"
2Italian Coast Guard
women and men that risk their lives to save the ones on the run from hunger and violence
Ceremony 2015 "Then and now, the Always Needed Righteous"
7Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli
architect of Inter-religious Dialogue
Ceremony 2014 "Believers and non-believers, the same responsibility"
40Beatrice Rohner
she protected the Armenian children from genocide
Ceremony 2014 "Believers and non-believers, the same responsibility"
14Nelson Mandela
the "giant" of the struggle against apartheid
Ceremony 2014 "Believers and non-believers, the same responsibility"
12Giuseppe Sala
organized the rescue of the Jews with the Opera San Vincenzo
Ceremony 2014 "Believers and non-believers, the same responsibility"
12Giovanni Barbareschi
founder of OSCAR
Ceremony 2014 "Believers and non-believers, the same responsibility"
12Fernanda Wittgens
inspector of Brera who protected both precious art and the persecuted
Ceremony 2014 "Believers and non-believers, the same responsibility"
10Vaclav Havel
leader of the "Velvet Revolution"
Ceremony 2013 "Public figures at the service of the common good"
9Dimitar Peshev
he rescued 48,000 Bulgarian Jews from deportation
Ceremony 2013 "Public figures at the service of the common good"
38Fridtjof Nansen
he created a special passport to rescue the stateless and the genocide victims
Ceremony 2013 "Public figures at the service of the common good"
37Samir Kassir
journalist and Political Activist
Ceremony 2013 "Public figures at the service of the common good"
8Primo Levi
the writer who bore witness to the Holocaust
Ceremony 2012 "The witnesses of memory"
11Claire Ly
the Cambodian genocide testimony in "Back from Hell"
Ceremony 2012 "The witnesses of memory"
13Yolande Mukagasana
a survivor and witness from Rwanda
Ceremony 2012 "The witnesses of memory"
39Ayse Nur (Sarisözen) Zarakoglu
she was repeatedly jailed in Turkey for bearing witness to the truth about the Armenian genocide
Ceremony 2012 "The witnesses of memory"
20Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn
author of "The GULag Archipelago"
Ceremony 2011 "The unheard witnesses"
21Romeo Dallaire
general who tried in vain to warn the UN about the upcoming genocide in Rwanda
Ceremony 2011 "The unheard witnesses"
36Armin T. Wegner
He warned the leaders of his time to stop genocide against the Armenians and the Jews
Ceremony 2011 "The unheard witnesses"
27Sophie Scholl
the "white rose" that stood up to Nazism
Ceremony 2011 "The unheard witnesses"
24Jan Karski
he tried in vain to warn the Great Powers about the genocide against the Jews
Ceremony 2011 "The unheard witnesses"
34Giacomo Gorrini
he broke the silence in order to bear witness to the Armenian tragedy
Ceremony 2010
35Enrico Calamai
the vice consul who rescued 300 people from the military dictatorship
Ceremony 2010
15Vasily Grossman
in his "Life and Fate" he denounced the crimes of both communism and nazism
Ceremony 2010
25Marek Edelman
vice commander of the Warsaw insurrection
Ceremony 2010
26Guelfo Zamboni
he opposed the Nazis in order to rescue Italian and Greek Jews
Ceremony 2010
18Neda Agha Soltan
a symbol of Iranian dissent
Ceremony 2010
32Hrant Dink
journalist who promoted dialogue and reconciliation between Turks and Armenians
Ceremony 2009
30Pierantonio Costa
consul and enterpreneur who rescued 375 children during genocide in Rwanda
Ceremony 2009
29Anna Politkovskaya
murdered in Moscow for reporting atrocities in Chechnya
Ceremony 2009
28Dusko Kondor
murdered for testifying about Serb crimes
Ceremony 2009
17Khaled Abdul Wahab
a Tunisian Arab who saved Jewish lives during the Holocaust
Ceremony 2009
16Italian Righteous among the Nations
they helped the Jews by disobeying "racial laws"
Ceremony 2009
19Andrei Sakharov
he defended peace and human dignity in the GULag
Special Ceremony 2003
31Moshe Bejski
The man who created the Garden of the Righteous
Ceremony of inauguration 2003
33Pietro Kuciukian
fights against negationism and honors the Righteous of the Armenian genocide
Ceremony of inauguration 2003
22Svetlana Broz
cardiologist who told the stories of rescue from the conflict in the former Yugoslavia
Ceremony of inauguration 2003

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    The next initiatives at the Garden of Milan

    Due to the current health situation and the provisions on social distancing, we have been forced to suspend all the activities planned at the Garden of Milan.
    We will return as soon as possible with a full calendar of events, to experience this place and discover the stories of the Righteous honoured here.

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