‘The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising is a joint Polish-Jewish experience because Jews, who fought in the Warsaw ghetto, were the citizens of the Republic of Poland. They were people who fought also as Polish patriots of Jewish origin,’ said Kasprzyk on Sunday at the Polish Radio 24.
He recalled that the National Army provided the weapon to the insurgent fighting in the ghetto. ‘This is our common tragic, painful heritage, but the common experience of the Polish and Jewish nations,’ added.
Asked why we should commemorate the anniversary by pinning the daffodil on clothes, he said that ‘in this way, we manifest the fact that we remember. We remember our history because the uprising in the ghetto is a chapter of the history of the Republic of Poland’.
‘As we remember the 1 of August – the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising – we must remember the uprising in the ghetto. This is one of the tragic chapters of the history of the Republic, which for centuries was home to many nations, culture and religion’ – he assessed.
This year’s anniversary celebrations are organised by the museum POLIN and start on Sunday.
The “Daffodil” action organised by museum POLIN aims to promote knowledge about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Daffodil became a symbol of remembrance of the event of 1943 in spring. Thanks to the last leader of the uprising, Mark Edelman, who annually lay a bouquet of yellow flowers by the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes on the anniversary of the uprising.
Source: Poland Daily, niezalezna.pl, pap.pl