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The Righteous' Garden is like an open book

Milan celebrates its six new trees

Gabriele Nissim with students of Volta Institute

Gabriele Nissim with students of Volta Institute

Update 20th April
Many students and citizens thronged the avenues of Monte Stella hill on the occasion of the ceremony to plant this year’s six new trees in the Garden of the Righteous.
Neda Agha Soltan, Marek Edelman, Vasily Grossman, Giacomo Gorrini, Guelfo Zamboni, Enrico Calamai are the figures chosen by the Association for the Garden of the Righteous and honoured with the dedication of a tree and a granite memorial stone.
Milan Garden of the Righteous will be soon on the Web in the site WeFor, thanks to the European project dedicated to "Europe's Righteous", with a video and the speeches delivered at the ceremonies held every year.

Mayor Letizia Moratti, the Association’s President, underlined the fact that the Garden and the memory of the Righteous provide a reason for the whole town’s pride. According to Vicepresident Gabriele Nissim: "Milan Garden is like an open book. We remember the Righteous’ moral examples [...] because we like the idea that these stories teach people, and especially the young, to think for themselves, listening to their conscience".

Along with the honoured Righteous' relatives, the speakers have been:
Letizia Moratti, Mayor of Milan
Manfredi Palmeri, President of the City Council
Leone Soued, President of the Milan Jewish Community
Gabriele Nissim, Chairman of the Gardens of the Righteous Worldwide Committee speech

THE TESTIMONY AT THE GARDEN

Fedor Guber, Vasily Grossman's stepson
"Vasily Grossman, my father"
speech in English
original speech in Russian

Caspian Makan
original speech in Farsi

Pietro Kuciukian, Armenia's Honorary Consul
"Giacomo Gorrini, the value of witness in the Armenian genocide"
speech in English

Paula Sawicka, Marek Edelman's aide
"A memory of Marek Edelman"
speech in English
original speech in Polish

Antonio and Luigi Zazzeri, Guelfo Zamboni's nephews
"Guelfo Zamboni at the Garden of the Righteous"
speech in English

12th April
Six new trees in honor of the Righteous
ceremony with their relatives in Milan

11 a.m. - Garden of the Righteous Worldwide, Monte Stella, p.za S. Maria Nascente, MM1 QT8

Neda Agha Soltan, Marek Edelman, Vasilij Grossman, Giacomo Gorrini, Guelfo Zamboni, Enrico Calamai. These are the figures that the Association for the Garden of the Righteous of Milan (formed by Milan City Administration, the Gardens of the Righteous Worldwide Committee and the Union of the Italian Jewish Communities) chose to honor this year by dedicating them a tree and a stone in the Garden of the Righteous.

INSCRIPTIONS CARVED ON THE MEMORIAL STONES

TO NEDA AGHA SOLTAN
murdered on the square in Tehran
symbol of the moral resistance of the young Iranian people and of the fight for freedom
supporting documents:
Video: Neda's fiancé speaks on oppression in Iran

TO MAREK EDELMAN
Commander of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
he kept the Jewish memory in Poland after the Holocaust and fought against totalitarianism and for freedom in the world
supporting documents:
Video: Marek Edelman's obituary on France 24, in French

TO VASILY GROSSMAN
Russian writer
he recounted the Shoah and the unshakable Resistance of human beings to Soviet totalitarianism
supporting documents:
Life and fate exhibition in Israel (pdf)

TO GIACOMO GORRINI
Italian Consul in Trabzon in 1915
a witness of the Armenian Genocide, he reported it to the international community while it was being perpetrated


TO GUELFO ZAMBONI
Italian Consul in Salonika
he rescued hundreds Jews during the Nazi destruction of Greece's largest Jewish community
supporting documents:
Salonika 43 in New York
Video: The Righteous Enemy

TO ENRICO CALAMAI
Italian Consul in Buenos Aires
he defended human rights and helped the persecuted during Pinochet's dictatorship in Chile and Videla's one in Argentina

26 March 2010

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The Garden of the Righteous in Milan (Monte Stella)

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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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