The Crocus Project is an Irish initiative whereby HOLOCAUST EDUCATION TRUST IRELAND, HETI provides yellow Crocus bulbs for young people aged 11 years and older to plant in memory of the 1.5million Jewish children who perished in the Holocaust and thousands of other children who were victims of Nazi atrocities. The yellow flowers recall the yellow star of David that Jews were forced to wear under Nazi rule. The Crocus blooms around the end of January, in time for Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January).
The Crocus Project is a tangible way to introduce young people to the subject of the Holocaust and to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and discrimination. The
children’s involvement in learning about the Holocaust, planting the bulbs and watching the flowers grow, encourages learning about tolerance and respect. HETI provides an information pack to assist teachers in educating about the Holocaust.
The Crocus Project has grown since2005 when 6,000 Irish pupils participated. In 2018/19, 1,398 schools and 93,616 students from 12 European countries (Bulgaria,
Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia), participated in The Crocus Project. Over 14years, a total of 638,000 individual students have planted crocus bulbs. We hope increasing numbers of countries will join The Crocus Project each year until the whole of
Europe participates in it and more than 1.5million crocuses will bloom.
Schools participating in The Crocus Project can use the Facebook Crocus Club group to post messages, share photographs and swap stories of their experiences of involvement in The Crocus Project. This platform connects students, teachers, and communities across Europe..