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New Righteous in the Virtual Garden

the scroll award at Palazzo Marino

March 14, 2018, at 3.00 pm
Palazzo Marino, Sala dell’orologio - Milano
Awarding of the scrolls in honour of the Righteous celebrated in the Virtual Garden

Free entrance

The Virtual Garden of the Righteous at Montestella earn new virtuous people, bearer of the Good, who have acted yesterday and today to uphold people in need and human dignity.

The ceremony of scroll awarding will see the participation of Lamberto Bertolé, President of Milan City Council, Gabriele Nissim, Chairman of Gariwo, and Giorgio Mortara, vice-president UCEI. After their interventions, the motivation that stands at the basis of the choice of the Righteous will be read aloud in their presence or in the presence of their relative.

We will honor Vito Fiorino, carpenter living in Sesto S. Giovanni and fisherman for passion, who saved forty-seven shipwrecked during the great tragedy occurred on October 3rd, 2013, in Lampedusa; the Righteous of Lesvos Emilia Kamvisi, Stratos Valiamos, Melinda McRostie, Eric Kempson, Efi Latsoudi and Christoforos Schuff, who rescued several refugee in 2015; Daniela Pompei and Maria Quinto, who have worked for years together with the S. Egidio Community to help migrants; the Rorschach’s scholars, who have written in 1942 a denouncing letter to the Swiss Government protesting against the refoulement of refugees to the frontiers and asking for an asylum policy; Mons. Andrea Ghetti (Scout nickname: Baden), founder of the Scout organization OSCAR and "fellow rescuer" of Mons. Giovanni Barbareschi; Gen. Guglielmo Barbò di Casalmorano, who joined the Piedmontese resistance in the aftermath of the 8th September 1943 Armistice and who has been deported in the Flossenburg Lager, where he continued to take care of his soldiers until his death; Corrado Bonfantini, General Commandant of the Matteotti Brigade during the resistance, who dedicated his life helping people in need in an autonomous and liberal way; Erwin Kräutler, the Austrian missioner in Brazil who defended the Indios in Amazonia; Fritz Michael Gerlich, the German journalist who spoke out against Hitler and who has been killed in the Dachau Concentration Camp; Maria Vittoria Zeme, the red cross volunteer and nurse during the wars in Greece and Croatia who has been interned in the Zeithain lager after the Armistice, where she continued to take care of all the soldiers who refused with her to join the Republic of Salò.

The ceremony is a Gariwo’s initiative. 

As follows, the list of the other events:

March 14, 2018, at 10.30 am, the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide - Montestella Milano.
New trees will be dedicated to the Righteous Hammo Shero, Ho Feng Shan, Costantino Baratta, and Daphne Troumpounis.
Public ceremony

March 15, 2018, at 8.30 pm, Palazzo Marino, Sala Alessi - Milano
Concert of the pianist Ani Martirosyan and the violinist Nobuko Murakoshi, with the lecture of the actrice Sonia Bergamasco and the participation of the Senatrice for life Liliana Segre.
By invitation only 
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12 February 2018

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The European Day of Righteous

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On May 10, the European Parliament in Strasbourg adopted the Written Declaration establishing March 6th as European Day in memory of the Righteous.
The concept of Righteous, born from the elaboration of the Yad Vashem Memorial to remember the non-Jews who rescued the Jews, becomes the patrimony of all humanity.
The term "Righteous" is no longer confined to the Holocaust only; it becomes a point of reference for those who remember the genocide and totalitarianism in all their efforts to defend human dignity.

The significance of this decision is reminiscent of one of the cornerstones of European culture: the value of the individual and personal responsibility.


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