On the 78th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the IYMC in Oświęcim distributes yellow daffodils as a symbol of remembrance of the heroines and heroes of the uprising. Those who wear them are united by their memory.
In this context we would also like to remember Marek Edelmann, the last leader of the Jewish Combat Organisation who survived the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto. Every year, on the anniversary of the uprising, he commemorated his fallen comrades at the Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto. More and more people commemorated the anniversary with him and paid their respects to the insurgents with yellow flowers. This eventually developed into the POLIN Museum's Daffodil Campaign for History.
This year, for the first time, the Daffodil Campaign organised by the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews has a leitmotif - women and their role in the Warsaw Uprising.
We have chosen to commemorate the Jewish artist Gela Seksztajn.
Gela Seksztajn was born in Warsaw in 1907 and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. In the Warsaw ghetto, she organised cultural activities and helped with the work of Jewish social self-help. She also worked as a tutor and drawing teacher in children's kitchens. She painted portraits of children, her daughter, her husband and school employees. After the liquidation campaign began in the ghetto, Gela had to choose the works she wanted to hide and would thus survive into the post-war period. Gela, her husband Izrael and their daughter Margolit most likely perished during the ghetto uprising.
"I am possibly the only painter left of all the Jewish painters and in general of all the Jewish creators - there are no artists left. The Jewish artists should be saved so that Jewish life can be restored later with brush and pencil." - Gela Seksztajn (1907-1943)
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