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Dialogue and Reconciliation

​The Righteous of our times

Editorial by Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo chairman

At Gariwo’s seminar, thanks to the important contributions by such philosophers as Salvatore Natoli, Sante Maletta, Francesca Nodari, writers as Francesco Cataluccio, Shady Hamadi, Hafez Haidar, and journalists as Serena Natale and


The words of Akram Aylisli

Akram Aylisli is an Azeri writer. In 2013 he published a book about the relationship of his people with the Armenian one. Expected to present his book Stone dreams, now published in Italian, as well, last week in Venice, he was stopped by the Azeri authorities at the airport of Baku. Here are his words. 


When art transmits memory

Francine Mayran, painter, ceramist and psychiatrist from Strasbourg, "born after World War II", expert at the Council of Europe, created portraits of the Righteous in the Holocaust and other genocide cases. In her opinion, all rivalry should be rejected in the name of a shared transmission of memory against indifference. 


New headquarters for Hrant Dink Foundations

A "place for hope" to keep on struggling for democracy, freedom of expression and the defense of human rights in Turkey and all over the world. This was the concept at the basis of the layout of the new seat of Hrant Dink Foundation in Istanbul.


Taking on the baton of memory

“Adopting a Righteous. A force for our future”. 500 students of the schools of Milan and its province have responded to the call launched by Gariwo, taking part in the events planned for Holocaust Remembrance Day together with Paolo Kessisoglu, Gabriele Nissim and Pietro Kuciukian.


"Good people in an evil time" also among the Ottomans

Gariwo founder and Armenia's honorary consul to Italy Pietro Kuciukian remembered the importance of the "Ottoman Righteous" in the course of a ceremony held in Saint Ambrose cathedral in Milan. 


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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