Shalom Teens is excited to announce that they will be participating in the “Butterfly Project.”
In the spring of 1942 Pavel Friedmann, a prisoner of the Terezin concentration camp, wrote the moving poem “The Butterfly.”
The last, the very last,
So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow.
Perhaps if the sun’s tears would sing
against a white stone…
Such, such a yellow
Is carried lightly ‘way up high.
It went away I’m sure because it wished to kiss the world good-bye.
For seven weeks I’ve lived in here,
Penned up inside this ghetto.
But I have found what I love here.
The Dandelions call to me
And the white chestnut branches in the court.
Only I never saw another butterfly.
That butterfly was the last one.
Butterflies don’t live in here,
in the gheto
Died in Auchwitz two years
After writing the poem
More than half a century later, activist Sue Klau was inspired by the words in The Butterfly. In commemoration of the one and a half million children murdered by the Nazis she developed this program.
Our butterflies will be on display with the millions of others at the HolocaustMuseumin Israel, and at our synagogues.