The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Campaign

This campaign has been hosted by POLIN Museum, 1000 year history of the Polish Jews for close to a decade.

We encourage communities around the world to learn about the events that took place on April 19th, 1943, and to share online what the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising means to you. You will find various materials and resources to help spread the campaign, as well as educational items that can be used for schools

In 2019, POLIN Museum took the campaign to New York and New Jersey and extended the campaign to Los Angeles and Israel in 2020. This year the campaign will be held mostly online, but some commemorative activities will take place at POLIN Museum.

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.

How can you get involved in the commemoration of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

  • Make a daffodil; all you need is paper, glue, and scissors.

Download daffodil pattern >>

Download daffodil instructions >>

Video how to put your daffodil together >>

    • Post a photo of yourself wearing the paper daffodil on social media, and say why this anniversary is important to you. Invite your friends and family to do the same.
    • Click to download official graphics to be used to share the campaign.
    • Click to download our menu to participate. An easy tool to choose which level of commemoration that works best for you or your organization.
    • Follow POLIN Museum’s English-language Facebook pageFriends of POLIN, on the day of the anniversary to see how others are joining the campaign. If you participate, your picture could be featured on the page!
    • Watch “There Was No Hope”, a film about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising produced by POLIN Museum. Please adjust the closed captions in YouTube for English subtitles.
    • Read a short graphic novel about Marek Edelman.
    • Explore the Warsaw Ghetto gallery of POLIN Museum’s Core Exhibition.


Attention educators!

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Campaign is a meaningful and engaging activity that can be a part of your online curriculum. We invite you and your students to join schools around the world in commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. For curriculum materials, please visit Educational Resources.

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