Daffodils Campaign was initiated by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in 2013 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Over 500 volunteers joined the campaign and attended essential training. They handed out 50,000 paper daffodils pins and about 80,000 brochures with historical information. TV news presenters at every major TV channel were wearing daffodils on that day, extending the reach of the campaign to millions of viewers. Yellow daffodils became well-recognized and legible symbol of remembrance of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The campaign is recreated yearly by handing out thousands of yellow daffodil pins on the streets of Warsaw and many other cities worldwide. Volunteers tell passers-by the history of the Uprising.
Daffodils are associated with Marek Edelman, the last commander of the Jewish Combat Organization. Every year on the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising he placed daffodils at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw, Poland and at other sites associated with the extermination of Jews. Other symbolic meanings of the daffodils: The shape and color of the daffodils represent the yellow stars that Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust. Yellow is the color of remembrance. Daffodils represent our poignant hope for the future. They are resilient and return with a burst of color each spring, signifying hope, renewal and beauty. The daffodils also honor those who survived the Holocaust and went on to build new lives after this dark and difficult period.
On Wednesday, April 19, 2023, Birmingham will join in on the Daffodil Campaign as it commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. We will need a multitude of volunteers at each stage of this campaign in order to fulfill the goal of commemorating the Uprising and educating the community on its history and legacy. Please fill out the form below to indicate how you can best help with this community education effort.