I Never Saw Another Butterfly
From the late months of 1941 through 1944, 15,000 children were deported to Terezín. While living conditions were deplorable, it was nonetheless taunted as a model community for Jewish prisoners. While most of the children who passed through the gates of Terezín did not survive, some of their poetry and drawings did. Through the years, children stuffed the walls of their dormitories with their writings and drawings. Some were buried. After the liberation of the camp, they were reclaimed. In 1955, what remained was restored and put into a book, I Never Saw Another Butterfly. Following are excerpts from that collection. Whenever the name of a writer of verse or the artist is known it has been included.
The last, the very last,
Such, such a yellow
For seven weeks I’ve lived in here,
That butterfly was the last one.
Pavel Friedman, April 6, 1942
I am a Jew
I am a Jew and will be a Jew forever.
The Little Mouse
On a Sunny Evening