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The Righteous 2020 at the Monte Stella Virtual Garden

delivery of parchments at Palazzo Marino

10 March 2020, at 3 p.m. 
Palazzo Marino, Sala Alessi - Milan
Delivery of parchments to the honored Righteous at the Virtual Garden 
Free admission on reservation

The "Righteous of Monte Stella" Virtual Garden is enriched with new exemplary figures, messages of the good that yesterday and today have made a gesture in defense of the other, dignity and human life.

The parchments delivery ceremony, during which it will represent the reasons for the choice of each Righteous - in the presence of his or her representative -, will take place after the greetings of the President of the City Council and the speeches by Pietro Kuciukian, Honorary Consul of Armenia in Italy and co-founder of Gariwo and Giorgio Mortara, UCEI (The Union of Italian Jewish Communities) vice president.

They will be honored: Francesco Quaianni, Officer at Milan police headquarters, after 8th September 1943, his job allowed him to work in favour of anti-fascists and partisans, first as a mere official and later as a member of the S.I.N. secret organization (through Piacenza National Liberation Command); Emily Bayer, a German citizen recruited to work for the German command in Milan, she hosted Mrs Clara Schwarz, her mother and sisters - of Jewish origin - in her apartment, where the family lived until the end of the war; Father Italo Laracca, Somascan regular cleric, he worked for the good of Velletri population, who was deeply affected by the war advance on the front of Lazio region during the Second World War, but also subsequently, creating an orphanage and becoming a reference for all people in need. A rescuer, but also a prominent individual in the dialogue between religious and political faith; Carlo Bianchi, in December 1943 he founded the “Centro di assistenza Legale e Medica Card. Schuster” (Cardinal Schuster Centre of Legal and Medical Assistance) previously called “Carità dell’Arcivescovo” (Charity of the Archbishop), still operating in via Bergamini 10, Milan. It was the first medical assistance centre for the poor in Milan. In the same period, engineer C. Bianchi also collaborated with Msgr. Andrea Ghetti in OSCAR and led clandestine newspaper “Il Ribelle” (The Rebel) with Msgr. Giovanni Barbareschi, until he was arrested for delinquency on 27th April, he was taken to San Vittore prison and subsequently to Fossoli Concentration Camp, where he was shot with 66 other political internees on 12th July 1944. He also saved the Sonnino Shapira Jewish family; Father Andrey Sheptytskyy, Ukrainian Metropolitan, a great opponent of communist and Nazi ideologies. In a pastoral letter of 1942 he asked his believers to help the Jewish population and not to cooperate with the occupying forces in achieving their genocide plan. He sent Himmler two letters of protest against the extermination of Jews. During persecutions, he hid numerous Jews in the bishopric and in Greek-Catholic monasteries; De Regibus Family Antonio and Margherita, with their daughter Fiorentina). They hid and saved Riccardo Ancona and Ester Foa’s Jewish family, with their daughter Valeria, who waited in their house for the moment to flee to Switzerlan; Leonilde Simonazzi, she bravely and selflessly rescued Jews - acquaintances or strangers - helping them to reach Switzerland and helping them in other ways. With her mother Luigia she also gave support to Resistance in Milan, hosting some gatherings of its exponents in her house. She was awarded the title of Righteous among the Nations from Yad Vashem; Reinhold Chrystman, he saved nearly 700 Jews - including Klinger’s aunt and cousins - many of whom were children, in a glass factory in Piotrków Trybunalski (near Lodz, Poland). He gave them work permits and created a shelter for children. He received an award from Anne Frank Memorial in Boise, Idaho; Carlo Tagliabue, director of Pia Casa Incurabili, in spite of his initial involvement in fascism, he challenged police hiding thirty Jewish women in the women’s department of the facility, which led to significant personal risks for him. He gave them the uniform of Pia Casa guests so that they were taken for patients and kept them, fed them, keeping a close watch on their safety; Nella Molinari and Luigi Cortile, they saved several Jewish families by allowing them to move to Switzerland. The Marshal was unfortunately discovered and arrested. He died in Mauthausen, paying his generous humanity with his life. Nella Molinari was also arrested and beaten. Fortunately she was later released; Franco Basaglia was the main driver of actual change in psychiatry: thanks to theories and experience he applied in Gorizia and Trieste asylums, he gave rights and dignity back to thousands of people. Although strongly attacked - also personally - by traditional medicine and by the right, in 1978 Franco Basaglia obtained approval of the act codifying his theories, which are still considered to be state of the art throughout the world.

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