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The ceremony on Montestella Hill

The ceremony on Montestella Hill

“The stories of the Righteous – i.e. of brave women and men, who have run huge personal risks to save human lives from the persecution at the hands of bloody regimes, oppressive apparatuses, totalitarian ideologies – are a living memory, and will keep on being lofty civil and human examples, which we all shall draw inspiration from. Passing on this memory to the younger generations is a work of the utmost importance, because, as we know, the seeds of hatred and discrimination are never defeated once and for all. Educational action, starting from school, is indispensable to build the future. ”

By these words, Italy's President Sergio Mattarella thanked Gabriele Nissim and Gariwo for the work that led to the establishment of the Day of the Righteous of the Humanity - on 6 March. It is precisely with this spirit that, also this year, Gariwo cooperated with the Milanese institutions, associations and schools to mark the Day of the Righteous with several different events.

6 March for the Righteous. The writing “6 marzo per i Giusti” lit up the Pirelli skyscraper int he night between 6 and 7 ;arch, reminding people of the recurrence, which has become civil feast in Italy following the Parliament's approval.

7 March, Regione Lombardia celebrates the Righteous. At the Belvedere of Palazzo Lombardia, Gariwo chairman Gabriele Nissim, Armenia's consulPietro Kuciukian and the deputy-president of UCEI Giorgio Mortara have opened the Milanese celebrations, with an event that saw the participation of the students of the theatre course of Liceo G.B. Grassi of Saronno, engaged in some readings dedicated to the Righteous.

14 March, the Righteous of hospitality at Monte Stella hill. In the event organized by theAssociazione per il Giardino dei Giusti di Milano (composed by Gariwo, Comune di Milano and UCEI) with the support ofIstituto Confucio (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano) and the association Yazda, we honoured at the Garden of the Righteous of Milan four new exemplary figures - Ho Feng Shan, Hammo Shero, Costantino Baratta and Daphne Vloumidi – in the presence of Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala, the city authorities, the honoured Righteous or their representatives, and hundreds of students of the schools of every grade. Very moving were the pieces of testimony of Baratta and Vloumidi, as well as the words of Ho Manli, daughter to Ho Feng Shan, and Farida Abbas, young Yazidi girl who took flight from slavery under the ISIS and told about the new terrible genocide that is gripping the lands where Hammo Shero went to the rescue of the Armenians in 1915.

14 March, new Righteous in the Virtual Garden. In the Council hall of Palazzo Marino, in he presence of Gabriele Nissim and Giorgio Mortara, the parchments were delivered to honour 16 new Righteous - Vito Fiorino; the Righteous from Lesbos Emilia Kamvisi, Stratos Valiamos, Melinda McRostie, Eric Kempson, Efi Latsoudi and Christoforos Schuff; Daniela Pompei and Maria Quinto; the Schoolgirls of Rorschach; Mons. Andrea Ghetti; Gen. Guglielmo Barbò di Casalmorano; Corrado Bonfantini; Erwin Kräutler; Fritz Michael Gerlich; Maria Vittoria Zeme -, messengers of Good, who yesterday and today have gone to the rescue of the other and human dignity, who entered the Virtual Garden. Opening readings about the Righteous by actress Gianna Coletti.

15 March, the dedication of a little square to Ho Feng Shan in the heart of Milan's Chinatown, together with Filippo Del Corno, city hall Councilor of Culture, and Luca Sheng Son, president of Uniic, the Union of Italy-China entrepreneurs, and Gabriele Nissim.

15 March, the City Council of Milan marked the Day of the Righteous of Humanity. Once more, the City Council opened its doors to the Righteous, with a dedicated ceremony. The remarks of the President of the City Council Lamberto Bertolé, Gabriele Nissim and Giorgio Mortara have greeted the Righteous who were present at the ceremony and reminded of the importance of spreading positive examples to foster the memory of good and the culture of personal responsibility.

15 March, Concert for the Righteous of the Humanity. As a closure to the Milanese events, a concert in honour of all the exemplary figures of the past and present, in particular, those honoured during this Day of the Righteous. The Righteous were greeted by the remarks of Lamberto Bertolé and Anna Maria Samuelli. The piano music by Ani Martirosyan and the violin music by Nobuko Murakoshi have alternated with some readings by actress Sonia Bergamasco, who interpreted excerpts from books by Liliana Segre, Elie Wiesel, Primo Levi, Stefano Levi della Torre, Pablo Neruda and pieces of testimony drawn from the words of the honoured Righteous.

21 March 2018

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The Garden of the Righteous in Milan (Monte Stella)

against all occurrences of genocide

On January 24 2003, in an area of the Monte Stella hill park in Milan, we inaugurated the Garden of the Righteous worldwide, run by an association set up on purpose by the Milan City Hall together with the Union of the Italian Jewish Communities and the Gardens of the Righteous Worldwide Committee-Gariwo.
Over the years we have honoured exemplary figures of moral resistance from Rwanda, Latin America, Bosnia, the European countries torn by Nazi and Communist regimes, from Tunisia, Russia, and Iran.

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