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The first Righteous honored Giuseppe Grandi

The first Righteous honored Giuseppe Grandi

On February 3, 2022, the Giardino dei Giusti Lario Intelvese was inaugurated, including the larger Arboreto Diffuso. The Garden was created thanks to the Interreg Italia Svizzera MARKS project, co-financed by the European Union, Lombardy Region, Swiss Confederation and Canton Ticino, as part of the Interreg V-A Italy-Switzerland Cooperation Programme. All over the territory of the Lario Intelvese Mountain Community about 30 specimens of trees have been identified and particularly characteristic each of them will be dedicated to a Righteous.

The first honored Giusto, Giuseppe Grandi, is a significant figure for the community of the territory: a trusted man of the Jewish Reinach family and keeper of the homonymous villa of Lanzo d'Intelvi. During the persecutions he helped his family and some of their Jewish friends to escape and reach Switzerland. Unfortunately, this cost him his life: he was denounced and deported to the death camp of Buchenwald from which he never returned. The tree dedicated to him is of the species Calocedrus Decurrens, typical of the area of the Mountain Community.

On the occasion of the opening ceremony were present: Gabriele Nissim, President of the Gariwo Foundation, Ferruccio Rigola, President of the Lario Intelvese Mountain Community, Jean Blanchaert, ambassador of Gariwo Foundation, Mario Pozzi, Mayor of the Centro Valle Intelvi Municipality, Alessandro Fermi, President of the Lombardy Regional Council, other Mayors of the municipalities of the Intelvi Valley, and Giuseppe Grandi, nephew of the custodian of Villa Reinach, as a witness. The inauguration was also attended by local schools and the City Council of Children, with the presence of the "little Mayor" Benedetta Agnelli.

The day 19 June was honored another Just, Salvatore Corrias, to which was dedicated a beech tree in the town of Moltrasio.

A special plaque was also affixed to the Prabello, in memory of the symbol of the area.

3 February 2022

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