Holocaust - Butterfly Project

  • 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, June 4, 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.

    The Houston Holocaust is trying to gather 1,500,000 Butterflies by 2012 to honor the children who died in the Holocaust.

    These are South Allegheny Students' Butterflies.