During this year’s “Daffodils” campaign, commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the two millionth daffodil will be handed out. The POLIN Museum has already started recruiting volunteers. How and when can you apply? How can you become a volunteer?
The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews encourages volunteers to take part in the social and educational campaign “Daffodils”, organised for the twelfth time. This year, volunteers will present the two-millionth daffodil on the streets of Warsaw.
Since January 10, the recruitment of volunteers has been going on. Paper daffodils will be handed out on April 19 to Warsaw passers-by about the anniversary of the ghetto uprising.
– This year, the organizers will carry out recruitment in two stages for different age groups: recruitment for individual volunteers from the age of 18 and institutional recruitment for younger participants of the campaign as part of group recruitment for schools from all over Poland and libraries and cultural institutions. The first of them – individual recruitment – starts on January 10 and will last until February 12. The second one – institutional – will take place in February and end in April, informed Olga Kaliszewska from the POLIN Museum Press Office.
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– Over 13,000 volunteers have been involved in the “Daffodils” campaign since its beginning in 2013. Selflessly, out of the need of their hearts and out of a sense of duty, they helped restore the memory of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising – emphasizes Zofia Bojańczyk, coordinator of the “Daffodils” campaign.
– We will be honored to invite you to co-create the “Daffodils” campaign for the twelfth time and present the two millionth daffodil on the streets of Warsaw. A symbol of common memory of the first urban uprising in occupied Europe – emphasized Bojańczyk.
Why are daffodils a symbol of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising?
One of the survivors of the ghetto was Marek Edelman, the last commander of the ŻOB. On April 19, on the anniversary of the uprising, he laid a bouquet of yellow flowers at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Muranów. The daffodil has become a symbol of respect and memory of the uprising.
An application form is available on the polin.pl website and must be completed. You must indicate a convenient date for the information meeting (online/zoom), during which museum employees will talk about the details of volunteering. The museum prepared training, meetings, thematic walks, as well as a volunteer contract and certificate for the participants. Applications can be submitted until February 12, 2024.