The Daffodils campaign - a report
On April 19, the 72th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the POLIN Museum organized the third edition of the Daffodils social campaign. All day long, a group of over 800 volunteers distributed across Warsaw yellow, paper badges in the form of daffodils - a symbol of remembrance of the Uprising. The volunteers were present in such districts as Śródmieście, Wola, Żoliborz, Mokotów, and Praga. In spite of the changeable weather, they managed to distribute as many as 50,000 daffodils. The campaign attracted strong interest from passers-by and some of them approached the volunteers themselves, asking for daffodils.
At 12.00 noon, an official ceremony commemorating the Uprising was held at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, which was attended by the ambassadors of Israel, Germany and the United States, the Chief Rabbi of Poland and representatives of Polish authorities as well as crowds of Warsaw residents. “I remember the first days of the Uprising; the only aid we could provide was to help them escape. They did not want that, however, they preferred to stay and fight,” Professor Władysław Bartoszewski, a witness to those events and a member of the Council for Aid to Jews “Żegota” recalled.
Some 800 schools from outside of Warsaw also participated in the Daffodils campaign. In their towns and localities , students distributed daffodils which they had prepared themselves, reminding the residents of the 1943 events. Those wearing paper daffodils on Sunday also included President Bronisław Komorowski, Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, Deputy Sejm Speaker Wanda Nowicka, Education Minister Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska, Mayor of Słupsk Robert Biedroń, as well as TV newsreaders and prominent representatives of culture and art. We wish to thank all for that gesture of remembrance, and the volunteers who took part in the campaign for their involvment in commemorating the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
The activity “Open Museum – Education in Action” is carried out within the project “Jewish Cultural Heritage”, component “Faces of Diversity”. Supported from the Norway and EEA Grants by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.