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Dialogue and Reconciliation

7 new Righteous honoured in Poland

The title of Righteous among the nations was bestowed posthumously on Agnieszka Kaniut and Maria Kałuża, who rescued two Jewish sisters during the Holocaust. Also members of the Matacz family -LeokadiaMariannaStefanHelena and Mieczysław - have been posthumously honoured, for rescuing a mother and son who escaped the Warsaw ghetto. 

"The Righteous become universal"

July 2nd France remembers the State's fascist crimes and Righteous who stood against them. For this occasion, French newspaper Pèlerin interviewed Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo Chairman and promoter of the call for the European Day of the Righteous, and philosopher Christophe Bouton, Philosophy professor at the University of Bordeaux III, member of the University Institute of France. 

The Memory of the Righteous and the identity of Europe

“Righteous” has become a symbol to remind us of heroes of all genocides and totalitarian regimes who had the courage to defend human dignity and to protect lives. The meaning of the EU Parliament decision relates to one of the most fundamental value of European culture, namely the importance of human life  and one’s own personal responsibility and dignity. 

2011 Dusko Kondor Prizes assigned - in memory of the witness killed by the nationalists

Honours were bestowed on the figures of civil courage in the former Yugoslavia. The Prize commemorated the Gariwo coworker who was murdered in 2007 to prevent him from testifying in court about a massacre of Muslims. 

The Righteous saved the honour of Italy - message from the President of the Italian Republic

The Head of the Italian State has written to the President of the Gardens of the Righteous Worldwide Committee and announced that he will remember the participation of the Italian Jews in the "Risorgimento" in the Ceremony to be held at the "Quirinale".

Senseless Goodness - the secret of the Righteous, second reprint

Presentation of Gabriele Nissim's new book La bontà insensata. Il segreto degli uomini giusti (Senseless Goodness. The secret of the Righteous), published by Mondadori, for Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

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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