The Crocus Project: March Update

Our crocuses, planted by our Pre-IB students in November, are in bloom!!

The Crocus Project is an Irish initiative run by Holocaust Education Ireland designed to commemorate the lives of young people lost during the Holocaust.

The Crocus Project is an Irish initiative active across Europe, with more than 100,000 young people from Ireland and ten European countries taking part. Our goal is to reach more than 1.5 million crocuses in bloom.

Holocaust Education Ireland supplies yellow crocus bulbs for young people aged ten years and over to plant in memory of the 1.5 million Jewish children who perished in the Holocaust and the thousands of other children who were victims of Nazi atrocities.

The yellow flowers recall the stars that Jews were forced to wear under Nazi rule. Crocuses bloom around the end of January at the same time as international Holocaust Memorial Day.

Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember the millions of people killed in the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. The 27th of January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

On Holocaust Memorial Day we can honour the survivors of these regimes of hatred and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today. Holocaust Memorial Day is a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and to recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own, it’s a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented. We’re fortunate here in the Ireland; we are not at risk of genocide. However, discrimination has not ended, nor has the use of the language of hatred or exclusion. There is still much to do to create a safer future.

More information about this project is available here: