Minister Donohoe to launch the Holocaust Education Trust Ireland Crocus Project

5th May, 2014

Instilling in our children the danger of discrimination and hate is key to never repeating the horrors of the past

Minister for European Affairs, Paschal Donohoe TD, will launch the Holocaust Education Trust Ireland(HETI) Crocus Project 2014-2015 tomorrow (Tuesday).


The project, which is an Irish initiative, involves more than 50,000 young people across Europe each year. The aim is to teach young people about the Holocaust, to raise awareness about the dangers of prejudice and hate and to emphasise the importance of instilling tolerance in our children.


HETI provides yellow Crocus bulbs to school children in memory of the 1.5 million Jewish children who perishedunder the Nazi regime. Their growth promotes continually learning and appreciation in the children and an increased awareness of the events of the past. The Crocus blooms at the end of January, around the time of international Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January). 


Speaking before the event, Minister Donohoe said:

“As a parent of two young children, the importance of this Project resonates deeply with me and I fundamentally believe in the message it conveys. Teaching our children about the need for tolerance and respect is critical to diminishing the potential for such events to ever happen again.”



What: The European launch of the Crocus Project 2014-2015

When: Tuesday: 6th May

Where: European Parliament Office, Molesworth St; Dublin 2

When: 9.30am