The Crocus Project

The Crocus Project is a project for young people aged ten years and over remembering all children who died in the Holocaust.

Visit The Crocus Project official website here.

The Crocus Project is an Irish initiative whereby HETI (Holocaust Education Trust Ireland) provides yellow Crocus bulbs for young people and school pupils aged 10 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 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.

Participating in The Crocus Project is free! It is also 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 a comprehensive Information and Guidelines pack to assist teachers in educating about the Holocaust.

The Crocus Project is an Irish initiative that has grown since its inception in 2005, when 6,000 Irish pupils participated, to more than 100,000 young people from Ireland and ten European countries in 2018. We hope increasing numbers of countries will join The Crocus Project each year until the whole of Europe participates in it and more than 1.5 million crocuses will bloom.

Slovenian schools, which wish to register for “The Crocus Project”, can contact the Synagogue Maribor as the latter is the project coordinator for Slovenia. Please note that registrations for the school year 2022/23 have closed on 30 September thus no further applications will be admitted.

If you work in schools in other EU countries and wish to learn more about the project, please write to your national coordinator (check the list of partner organisations) or directly to HETI office at


In the school year 2021-2022, 84 schools from all parts of Slovenia were participating in the Crocus Project.

The list of participating schools in 2021/2022.


In the year 2020-2021, The Crocus Project in Slovenia was organized and financed by the Center of Jewish Cultural Heritage Synagogue Maribor.

On the interactive map you can find all 45 schools that took part in the project in 2020-2021.


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