A daffodil and the slogan: “Memory unites us.” In April, both are unmissable. This is the anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. An element of the celebration is the distribution of daffodils, this year the two millionth will go to someone. Volunteers who want to distribute them can now apply. Details from Adrianna Otręba in the “Poland and World” program.
This is one of the souvenirs of Marek Edelman, the last leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Paula Sawicka’s family was friends with him. – Marek Edelman has daffodils because someone was always giving him daffodils. When people came and wanted to say hello to him, various short conversations took place – says Sawicka.
And this is what happened every April 19, on the anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
– Bringing daffodils has become a civic custom, created by us from the bottom up, by people, a sign of memory – Sawicka continues.
A paper symbol on the anniversary of the outbreak of the uprising
This sign of remembrance has become an element of the socio-educational campaign Daffodils. But in order for the inhabitants of Warsaw to be able to pin this paper symbol on April 19 – on the 81st anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising – the help of volunteers is needed. Currently, the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews is looking for them. – Being a volunteer means not only handing out daffodils, but also informing passers-by that this day is the anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising – says Zofia Bojańczyk from the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
To become a volunteer, you must be over 18 years old. There is no upper age limit, you must be responsible, well-organized and communicative. The POLIN Museum organizes training, workshops and meetings for all our volunteers, thanks to which they learn more about the history of Warsaw Jews and the history of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising – assures Bojańczyk. You can apply until February 12.
– Even people come up and ask for daffodils for themselves, for their family, for their friends from work – says volunteer Kacper Bujak. He will take part in the campaign for the third time. – By taking part in this action, you can actively show with your attitude that we are sensitive to the memory of tragically murdered people – adds Bujak.
People who fought on April 19, 1943. The fighters were aware that they had no chance. They didn’t want to be passive. The fight lasted almost a month. The Germans razed the ghetto to the ground.
The past allows us to understand
– The past allows us to understand certain situations, but also to try not to repeat them. Unfortunately, we know that we do not learn from history – says Joanna Podolska, director of the Dialogue Center. Marek Edelman in Łódź. That’s why education is so important. – Polish teachers, language teachers, we all devote a lot of time to the topic of the Holocaust and anti-discrimination – says Ewa Kaczorowska, principal of the 15th Secondary School. Kasprowicz in Łódź. The school I manage, Mrs. Ewa, will once again join the Daffodils campaign. – You can’t look into the future without the past. Although you need to know the proportions, it is identity, cooperation – says Dominika Maciaszek, history teacher.
Schools will be able to register for the campaign from February 14. The museum will send them educational packages. – The more people join in, the more they identify with an attitude that is contrary to hatred and reluctance – sums up Paula Sawicka.
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