Monday, April 23, 2018
Poland Marks 75th Anniversary of Warsaw Uprising-- Part 2: The Tradition of the Daffodils
The daffodil tradition comes from Marek Edelman, the last surviving commander of the uprising, who on every anniversary used to lay the spring flowers at the monument to honor the fighters. he died in 2009.
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising broke out April 19, 1943, when about 750 Jewish fighters armed with pistols and fuel bottles attacked a heavily armed German force that was putting an end to the ghetto's existence.
The fighters knew they were doomed but wanted to die at a time and place of their own choosing.
They held out for nearly a month.