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The words of Paolo Gentiloni

To celebrate the first Day of the Righteous of the humanity

Paolo Gentiloni

Paolo Gentiloni

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni sent Gariwo the following message on the occasione of the first Day of the Righteous of the humanity.
Here is the letter's text:

Dear President Nissim,

On the occasion of the upcoming 6 March, Day of the Righteous of the humanity, I am sending you my greetings to all the participants in the important events that will be held to celebrate this recurrence.

This is the first year, in which, thanks to the Parliament's commitment, the Day of the Righteous is Civil Feast in Italy; and I consider it is a favourable event that our Country has been the first to officially support the Day established on 10 May 2012 by the European Parliament, which welcomed Gariwo's proposal to dedicate a recurrence to the Righteous.

Keeping alive the memory of those Righteous people who, in every time and place, have rescued human lives and defended the people's rights and dignity, is fundamental to spreading and strengthening the values of responsibility, tolerance and solidarity.

I thus would like to seize this opportunity to express my appreciation of Gariwo's commitment to promoting the culture of meeting and dialogue, representing a key ingredient of our civil life.

Kind regards,

Paolo Gentiloni

2 March 2018

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The European Day of Righteous

The value of individuals and personal responsibility

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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