College of Charleston student to plant daffodils, honor Holocaust victims

The planting of the daffodils will take place Nov. 13.   File photo

College of Charleston Honors College student Samantha Krantz was motivated to bring her experience back to the South Carolina Lowcountry after learning about her family’s history and her link to the Holocaust while traveling to Eastern Europe this summer.

At 4:30 p.m. on Nov.13, Krantz -- who is a Klaper Fellowship recipient in Jewish Studies -- is planning on planting 1,800 daffodils at the site of the Charleston Holocaust Memorial in Marion Square. The memorial was built in 1999. Members of the local community are invited to take part in the event.

“By planting daffodils with local community members alongside the city’s existing Holocaust memorial, I hope to create a living memorial of flowers so that residents and visitors to Charleston may be further inclined to learn about the Holocaust, and its connection to Charleston,” Krantz said. “Each year the 1,800 daffodils will return with a burst of color in honor of the survivors and the innocent lives that were taken too soon.”

A brief ceremony has been planned prior to the planting of the daffodil bulbs. Speaking will be Holocaust survivor Joe Engel and philanthropist Anita Zucker, who is the child of Holocaust survivors.

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