KENNESAW — The Kennesaw State University Museum of History and Holocaust Education, in partnership with KSU Hillel and Am Yisrael Chai, will host a commemorative planting ceremony today in memory of the 1.5 million children who died during the Holocaust.
“The Daffodil Project” was created by Am Yisrael Chai, a nonprofit Holocaust Education and Awareness Organization, to remember the lives lost and generate support for children suffering in humanitarian crises today.
The event will take place at the east entrance of the KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Drive in Kennesaw, between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Emilie Vainer, a nursing major at Kennesaw State University involved in the local Hillel chapter, brought the concept to KSU after hearing about it from her father.
“Bringing this project to a community of college students passes responsibility on to them to tell future generations about the Holocaust, which will never be forgotten,” Vainer said. “I am planning on annually adding daffodils throughout my years at KSU. I will never stop keeping the project thriving here at Kennesaw.”
Daffodils were chosen as the commemorative symbol of the organization for their connotation of rebirth, and also for the resemblance to the yellow star Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust.
Their goal is to eventually have 1.5 million daffodils planted at various sites around the world, including universities, schools, civic centers and museums.
Attendees will plant daffodils and hear remarks from Vainer Russ Schulkes, executive director of Hillels of Georgia, and Holocaust survivor Penina Bowman.
The planting is open and free to the public and will be followed by light refreshments.
For more information, contact Stephanie Milford at (678) 458-5706 or