Every year on April 19 in Poland and many countries with Jewish residents, an event is being observed – the uprising of the people of the Warsaw ghetto, which began on April 19, 1943.
Pursuing the objective to provide more information about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which was one of the most significant events in the Nazi ghetto during World War II, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Vilnius, in cooperation with the International Commission Secretariat, invited Tolerance Education Center teachers to screen and discuss an educational film “Muranow –the Northern Quarter. ” The film was created on the initiative of the POLIN Museum in Warsaw; its targeted audience is schoolchildren, students, and teachers – to introduce the history of Jews in Warsaw.
The film was screened and discussed on April 28. The event was attended by a large group of teachers and educators from all over Lithuania. The film was originally in Polish, and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Vilnius provided subtitles in Lithuanian.
Before the film’s screening, Ingrida Vilkienė, the coordinator of educational programs of the International Commission, presented the YELLOW DAFFODIL initiative, which has been hosted in Poland and other countries for the ninth time, and the POLIN Museum in Warsaw invites to participate every year. This virtual campaign seeks to remember the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and the people’s heroic struggle against evil powers. The Yellow Daffodil initiative is related to one of the ghetto fighters and one of the uprising leaders, Marek Edelman. He managed to survive as on May 10, 1943, together with a group of fighters, when the ghetto was on fire, he escaped from the hide-out to a non-Jewish district of Warsaw and hid among Polish – the members of the resistance movement. After the war, he stayed in Poland. He became a cardiologist. Until his death in 2009, on April 19 each year, a stranger would bring yellow daffodils to his house. Marek Edelman would take the daffodils to the monument to the Ghetto fighters.
The educational film links the events of creation of the Ghetto in Warsaw and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising with its historical commemoration of today and in the future. Organizers of the event: The Secretariat of the International Commission with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Vilnius hopes that the educational film will be a good methodological tool and will be used in classes.