The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Campaign
This educational and commemorative event, an initiative of POLIN Museum, takes place every year on April 19, the anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. For almost a decade, hundreds of volunteers in Warsaw and other cities have been handing out paper daffodils to raise awareness of the Uprising and its significance.
In 2019, POLIN Museum took the campaign to New York and New Jersey and is extending the campaign to Los Angeles and Israel in 2020. Due to the pandemic, POLIN Museum has moved the campaign online. We invite everyone to join this commemoration.
Why the daffodil?
Marek Edelman, the last surviving leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, used to receive a bouquet of yellow daffodils from an anonymous person every year on April 19. He would lay them at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in memory of those who fought and died. The paper daffodils, which people wear on this day, are inspired by this custom. Edelman, who remained in Poland after the war, passed away in 2009.
How can you get involved in the commemoration of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
- Make a daffodil; all you need is paper, glue, and scissors
- Post a photo of yourself wearing the paper daffodil on social media and say why this anniversary is important to you. Invite your friends and family to do the same.
- Follow POLIN Museum’s English-language Facebook page, Friends of POLIN, on the day of the anniversary to see how others are joining the campaign. If you participate, your picture could be featured on the page!
- Watch There Was No Hope, a film about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising produced by POLIN Museum
- Read a short graphic novel about Marek Edelman.
- Explore the Warsaw Ghetto gallery of POLIN Museum’s Core Exhibition.
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Campaign is a meaningful and engaging activity that can be a part of your online curriculum. We invite you and your students to join schools around the world in commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. For curriculum materials, please visit Educational Resources.
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