The Holocaust Center has many new opportunities to offer as we approach Genocide Awareness Month in April. One of those offerings is a simple yet effective resource we share internationally – Daffodils for the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
This year, Pittsburgh is participating in this Campaign, a project of the POLIN Museum in Warsaw Poland. The campaign is designed to raise awareness of and commemorate the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which began on April 19th, 1943 – and we do so by making and wearing paper daffodils as a sign of solidarity, resistance, and memory.
The Pittsburgh effort is being spearheaded by the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh and Partnership2Gether, celebrating our new sister city of Warsaw.
“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.” (POLIN Museum)
To learn more about this beautiful and easily accessible educational resource, please see the materials linked below. We invite you to participate by making paper daffodils and wearing them during the Month of April, especially on April 19th, and we encourage you to take a photo and post to social media with the hashtags #WarsawGhettoUprising #POLINMuseum #DaffodilCampaignPGH #HCofPGH and #P2GPGH. Photos we receive will be shared on our social media, newsletter, and/or blog.
Download all the materials, including an instructional video, here: https://www.polin.pl/en/Warsawghettouprising
Get more educational resources from the POLIN Museum: https://www.polin.pl/en/educational-resources