April 19

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Campaign

What is the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Campaign?

This campaign, an educational and commemorative 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 have been handing out paper daffodils on this day to raise awareness of the Uprising and its significance.

In 2019, POLIN Museum took the campaign to New York and New Jersey; in 2020 the campaign is extending to Los Angeles and Israel. 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

  • 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.

  • Plant daffodils at home or at your school in memory of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
  • Plan a daffodil-making or daffodil-planting event at your school/synagogue/organization. We encourage student leadership. (go to Young Leaders Program on the side)
  • Screen There Was No Hope, a film about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising produced by POLIN Museum
  • Invite POLIN Museum to your school/synagogue/organization to help you plan a commemorative/educational event in April, which could include:
    • Presentation about the Warsaw Ghetto
    • Moment of silence
    • Music related to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
    • Make and distribute paper daffodils
    • Invite community members and leaders to the commemoration, take photos, and post on social media.



International Coordinator
Mary Seidler: mseidler@polin.pl, phone: +48 22 471 03 00

American Coordinator
Gosia Szymanska Weiss: gweiss@friendsofpolin-usa.org