We Remember: a special virtual community event commemorating Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). Join the JFCS Holocaust Center and the greater Bay Area community as we commemorate Yom HaShoah online. Registration required. On April 20, join us for the reading of the names and community Yizkor (memorial) service with participating clergy from San Francisco synagogues and the Israeli Consul General.
April 19: Join the Daffodils Campaign to Commemorate the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising We wish to invite you to a special commemorative and educational online initiative – the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Campaign of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, known in Poland as the Daffodils Campaign.
The Campaign takes place every year on April 19th, the anniversary of the start of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. On this day, hundreds of volunteers hand out paper daffodils in Warsaw and other Polish cities to raise awareness of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and educate the public about its significance. This year the campaign is extending to New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, and cities across Israel, and, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the initiative is conducted exclusively online.
Why the daffodil? Marek Edelman, last surviving leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, who had remained in Poland and passed away in 2009, used to receive a bouquet of yellow daffodils from an anonymous person every year on April 19, the day the uprising broke out in 1943. He laid them at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw, in memory of those who fought and died. The paper daffodils, which people wear on this day, are inspired by this custom.
To participate, we invite you to make your own daffodil at home and post your picture wearing or holding the daffodil you made on your social media accounts with #WarsawGhettoUprising and #POLINMuseum. You can also add a “Warsaw Ghetto Uprising” frame to your photo on Facebook. Furthermore, we invite you to visit the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising commemoration website to see what other resources POLIN Museum has prepared, including a partially-animated film about the Uprising and a graphic novel about Marek Edelman.
Thank you for participating and helping create a worldwide virtual community of memory around the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.