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‘Daffodils’ campaign commemorating Warsaw Ghetto Uprising goes online

Libraries, schools and cultural institutions from all over the country are invited in the ninth edition of the social and educational campaign “Daffodils” of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. This year, the campaign commemorating the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising will take place mainly online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The daffodil became a symbol of the events of spring of 1943 thanks to the last leader of the uprising, Marek Edelman, who each year placed a bouquet of yellow flowers at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes on the anniversary of the uprising.

“For the ninth time, we invite you to participate in the “Daffodils” social and educational campaign. Again, mainly in the online formula. We all want to return to normalcy, so that on April 19, as for so many years, we would meet hundreds of volunteers on the streets of Warsaw, distributing paper daffodils. The pandemic, unfortunately, makes it impossible this year. The POLIN Museum, however, remembers the heroes from the Warsaw Ghetto who fought for dignity 78 years ago,” said Zygmunt Stępiński, director of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

POLIN Museum is preparing film and literary premieres as well as new educational materials for all age groups. To take part in the campaign, schools, libraries and cultural institutions must complete the form available on the museum’s website. Recruitment lasts until April 15.

The museum calls on virtually joining the campaign on April 19. This can be done from anywhere in the world by pinning the “virtual daffodil”, including the hashtags #Laczynaspamiec (memory connects us) and #AkcjaZonkile (Daffodils campaign) and posting it on social media.

The uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto began on April 19, 1943. It was the first urban uprising in occupied Europe, an act of a symbolic nature, given the slim chance of success. In an uneven battle that lasted almost a month, poorly armed fighters from the Jewish Combat Organization (ŻOB) and the Jewish Military Union (ŻZW) fought soldiers from the SS, Wehrmacht, Security Police and auxiliary units. The Germans razed the ghetto to the ground, methodically burning house after house.

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