The Crocus Project

The Crocus Project

The Crocus Project Welcome Page

Welcome to The Crocus Project!

The Crocus Project is an Irish initiative whereby HETI provides yellow Crocus bulbs for school pupils aged 11 years and older to plant in memory of the 1.5 million Jewish children who perished in the Holocaust and thousands of other children who were victims of Nazi atrocities. The yellow flowers recall the yellow Stars of David that Jews were forced to wear under Nazi rule.

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, discrimination, prejudice and hatred.  The children’s involvement in learning about the Holocaust, in planting the bulbs and watching the flowers grow, encourages ongoing learning about the importance of tolerance and respect. HETI provides a comprehensive Information and Guidelines pack to assist teachers in educating about the Holocaust.

Participating in The Crocus Project is free!

The Crocus blooms around the end of January about the time of international Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January). When people admire the flowers, the pupils explain what they represent and recall the children who perished in the Holocaust.

The Crocus Project was introduced at the launch of Holocaust Education Trust Ireland in September 2005.   That year, 239 Irish schools participated in the project and six thousand primary school pupils planted yellow crocus bulbs. Since then, the Crocus Project has expanded and developed and now involves primary and post-primary pupils as well as some third level students and youth groups.   Ten European countries have joined The Crocus Project and we hope that more will join each year until we have the whole of Europe participating and more than one and a half million crocus flowers blooming each year.   In 2016/17 over 90,000 Irish and European school pupils were involved in the Crocus Project.

The Crocus Club

The Crocus Club is a public Facebook group where participating schools can post messages, swap stories and share photographs of their involvement in the the Crocus Project. The Crocus Club aims to bring together participating students and teachers from communities across Europe and provide a platform where they can share and exchange their experiences and the powerful lessons they have learnt together.

Join the Crocus Club today


Co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union


Supported by the Department of Education and Skills Ireland


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The Crocus Project 2016/17 Report

The Crocus Project is funded with the support of the European Union under the programme 'Europe for Citizens' Strand 1: European Remembrance

Download The Crocus Project 2016/17 Report (PDF, 109.86 Kb)