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I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children's Drawings and Poems from the Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942-1944 Paperback – March 15, 1994
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Original Language: Czech --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I wish I spoke Dutch (?) so that I could read contributor Helga Weissova's "Das Kunstlerische Schaffen" -- I'd like to see what else she has to say. I wish that Soña Spitzovã, who drew my favorite of the drawings ("Starlight In A Dark Room," page 53) hadn't died in Auschwitz before she was even fifteen years old.
The things these children saw! They noticed the trains, the transports. Helga Weissova did a painting of a woman, JUDE star on her clothing, whose hair was searched for lice. They also saw flowers in jelly jars on tables. They remembered their own beds.
I think that art exists, in part, to speak when we are no longer able to.
This book was purchased from my amazon.com wishlist. I think I'll be getting a copy for a friend who's in school to be an art therapist; I think she'll get a lot out of it.
...I never saw another butterfly... is a moving illustration of what it was like for a child to live in a concentration camp during WWII. The drawings often depict a life full of beauty and it seemed amazing to me that the children were able to, at this time, see all the beautiful things around them even though they were in the midst of death. The poems on the other hand often portray the longing of wanting to be in a safe place elsewhere, and they also relate more of the harsh reality of what was really going on at the concentration camps. The book is tied together through the contrast of the brightly colored paintings with the dim spirit of the poems. The reader will instantly be amazed at the talents of these young children, most under the age of 14, and at the same time feel a horrible sense of pity for these children, whom most perished in Auschwitz. The book is a wonderful and diverse collection of works, although there could have been a more diverse collection of authors included, instead of multiple works by the same author.Read more ›
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Beautiful poems and pictures from children of the Holocaust. I use this with my high school students it helps them to understand the events of the Holocaust and the people who... Read morePublished 26 days ago by tmcgant
I am glad I purchased this. It is a great addition to my collection of books.Published 2 months ago by Jane Martin
What can I say about this book? It is so powerful. I read it as a child and I never forgot it. Now as a 47 year-old adult I've found a copy as a keepsake to pass on through my... Read morePublished 10 months ago by D. Bachman
a beautiful but sad reflection of children in the HolocaustPublished 14 months ago by Deena Z Sortland
A moving story lies behind this volume of children's artwork, poems and short narratives. The heartbreaking artwork is beautifully reproduced, and the foreword is by the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Janet M. Zacharias
Just a beautiful book. The poems may not be astounding, but they are poignant, as are the beautiful images that accompany them. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Michael Byrd