Butterflies

September 3, 2007 at 9:44 pm Leave a comment

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 ghetto.
  Pavel Friedman, April 6, 1942
Born in Prague on January 7, 1921.
Deported to the Terezin Concentration Camp on April 26, 1942.
Died in Aushchwitz on September 29, 1944.

Houston Holocaust Museum is collecting 1,500,00 handmade butterflies in honor of all of the children that died during the Holocaust. There is no size or material requirement. Please help them get to their goal.

you can send your homemade butterflies to:

Holocaust
Museum Houston
Education Department
5401 Caroline Street
Houston, TX 77004
USA

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