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Dialogue and Reconciliation

Dialogue on Remembrance with Svetlana Broz

Seizing the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we wanted to have with us Svetlana Broz, Bosnian cardiologist, grand-daughter to General Tito, honoured as Righteous in the Garden of Milan. On stage, we asked her some questions, starting from the events that unfolded in that conflict, in order to understand with the pupils in our audience what the warning signs of evil can be and how to counter them. Here are her words.

The "miracle" of Shanghai

Interview with Nicola Zavaglia, the director - together with René Balcer - of Above the Drowning Sea, a 90-minute documentary about the incredible tale of the Jews who fled to Shanghai. The voices of the film are those of Julianna Margulies and Tony Goldwyn (familiar faces of the tv series The Good Wife and Scandal)

The grounds of dialogue between Jews and Muslims

Let us face the truth, let us be honest to each other. It is very rare to see Jews and Muslim discuss anti-Semitism and Islamophobia together. This can happen only somewhere In Europe, because in the whole Middle-Eastern context prejudice prevails.

Editorial by Gabriele Nissim 

Let us grow a Righteous forest

On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Gariwo and the Young Muslims of Italy, together with Sumaya Abdel Qader, organized a visit to the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide of Milan, Sunday the 29th of January 2017.

A tree for Etty Hillesum

A few weeks ago I learned that on next 6 March, between the five trees to be planted in Milan in honour of five Righteous in history, one will be dedicated to Etty Hillesum.

My dream at the Synagogue of Milan

Editorial by Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo chairman

I have always nurtured a small dream: seeing in such an important place for Jewish life and memory a sign of recognition for the suffering endured by other peoples and human beings. Also

Dialogue and reconciliation

it is the Righteous, rather than the victims or the persecutors. to speak to the future generations

In the torn social fabric of a country where a genocide case or other crimes against the humankind have occurred, it is very difficult, even after many years, to resume a kind of dialogue to re-establish relationships and rebuild civil coexistence between the victims - including survivors or their relatives, refugees and their heirs - and the persecutors, accomplices or passive bystanders. To this we should add the role of the State, its officials and government members, who often try to deny what occurred and refuse taking up the - however apparent - responsibilities of the massacres. Only the reaction and heeding ability of those who have not bowed their heads to the uniformation of behaviour within the group of the persecutors and have refused to conform to a conduct which conscience cannot approve, can allow people to resume a kind of communication which is able to combine the need for truth and the assumption of responsibility with an opening to future hope and a shared project-making. The Righteous are the only ones who have what it takes to do that.

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Pietro Kuciukian's words

supporting the call "We make a dream, together"

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Taner Akcam

a Turkish professor who denounced the Armenian Genocide