The 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising on 19th April 2018 was filled with many memorable moments. The Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland supported the commemorations, as it does every year.
The social media presence of POLIN Museum during the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was outstanding. The hashtag Łączy nas pamięć (Remembering Together) was the most popular hashtag in Poland during the commemoration period, more than 25,000 people set their Facebook profile pictures in a Daffodil Campaign frame, and POLIN Museum was one of the top three influencers on the Polish internet on the day of the commemoration.
Who Will Write Our History, a documentary film Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oneg Shabbat archive, is based on Samuel Kassow’s book of the same title. The film was directed by Roberta Grossman and produced by Nancy Spielberg. The Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland is a proud partner of this production. A private screening of the film took place at POLIN Museum the evening before the commemoration.
Nancy Spielberg, film Executive Producer at the special screening at POLIN Museum.
The next day, on a ceremony at the Royal Castle, the Warsaw City Council presented the Award of the Capital City of Warsaw, a statue of the Mermaid of Warsaw, to Piotr Wiślicki, President of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland and two other members of the Association, as well as to the Association itself. Marian Turski, Vice-President of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland and Chair of the POLIN Museum Council, was named Honorary Citizen of the Capital City of Warsaw. Krystyna Budnicka, a member of Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland and Halina Birenbaum were also named Honorary Citizen.
Piotr Wislicki, President of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland receives the Award of the City of Warsaw for his contribution to the creation of POLIN Museum, Warsaw’s Jewish community and Polish-Jewish dialogue.
Marian Turski named Honorary Citizen of the Capital City of Warsaw.
President of Poland, Andrzej Duda speaks during the commemoration of the 75th
POLIN Museum organized a warmly received concert dedicated to the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In attendance were the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda. The concert program included the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which was performed in Hebrew in commemoration of the Jewish Symphony Orchestra, in the Warsaw Ghetto.
From left: Anna Azari, Israel’s Ambassador to Poland, Marian Turski, Halina Birenbaum, Krystyna Budnicka, First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda and President Andrzej Duda.
Each year hundreds of volunteers in Poland and abroad hand out paper daffodils in memory of those who fought in the uprising in 1943. The Daffodil Campaign is inspired by Marek Edelman.