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Raoul Wallenberg Medal for Aida and Charles Aznavour

The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF) bestowed the “Raoul Wallenberg Medal” upon the siblings Aida and Charles Aznavour. This prestigious award is a token of recognition to the Aznavour family - mother Knar, father Mischa and their aforementioned daughter and son - who during the dark days of the Nazi occupation in France, reached-out to those persecuted by the Nazis.

On the occasion of this recognition, the famous singer also visited the Garden of Neve Shalom - Wahat el Salam.


Yad Vashem remembers the Righteous teachers

While Nazism raged all over Europe, some people decided not to turn a blind eye in the face of persecution. Many of them were teachers, all having in common a deep humanity and consistency with what they had been teaching in the classroom for years, reciprocal respect and peaceful coexistence among human beings.


The teaching of Lesbos: helping also those who betrayed you in the past

If you have been forced to abandon a Muslim land because of your Christian faith, would you ever like to welcome the thousands Muslims who are demanding protection now to your home? The experiences of Lesbos inhabitants, from the book of Daniele Biella.

Editorial by Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo Chairman


The words of Faiza Abdul Wahab

"It was very naturally that my Dad did everything he could to help his fellow Tunisian citizens while they were threatened by an external danger because of their religion". The message of Faiza Abdul Wahab in honor of her father.


A tree for Dr. Andrea Loriga

Andrea Loriga, municipal doctor of Binasco since 1938, actively opposed the fascist regime and in September 1944 took the family of Jewish lawyer Augusto Weiller into safety to Switzerland. The city hall of Binasco, upon initiative of Centro Culturale La Tenda, dedicated an oak and a stone to his memory.


"Our" commander in Greece

As requested by Frontex, European agency for the coordination and patrolling of borders, the Italian Coastal Ward is keeping on rescuing migrants in the Greek seas. 


Rescuers

whoever saves a life saves the entire world

In Yad Vashem's Memorial, in Jerusalem, the Garden of the Righteous remembers those who tried to rescue the Jews in the Holocaust: those who hidd them, helped them expatriate with forged documents, nourished them or gave them a job; those who, seeing them suffer, helped them somehow instead of remaining indifferent.In Yerevan's Wall of Remembrance the memorial stones remember the rescuers of Armenians during the genocide of 1915, those who tried to stop the massacre, refused to obey orders, sheltered children, reported the extermination that was occurring beneath their hopeless eyes to the world's public opinion.
In 1994 in Rwanda, some Tutsies who were hunted by the interahamwe militias were protected by neighbours, friends - some times strangers, too - belonginf to the Hutu ethnic group, who refused participating in the "man hunt" with machetes that had been planned by other Hutus to exterminate the country's Tutsi minority.
While ethnic cleansing was ravaging Bosnia leading to the murder of thousands innocent victims some people trying to escape the massacre were helped in the same way by neighbours, school mates, friends, or strangers, who were members of other ethnic groups.
Still todate, in many places in the world, there are such rescuers who risk and sometimes lose their lives in the attempt of helping the victims, and become victims themselves. Other times they lose their jobs, wellbeing, social status or they are imprisoned, tortured, cast out. At any rate, even before starting their endeavours, they know they run a serious risk, but they prefer doing so rather than bearing the weigh of remorse for remaining indifferent for the rest of their lives. Everytime by their action they "save the entire world", as stands in the Talmud.