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The Butterfly – A Yom HaShoah Project

The Butterfly – A Yom HaShoah Project

The poem “The Butterfly,” written by a young man imprisoned in Terezin during the Holocaust, has made the butterfly a symbol of the Shoah. This is an especially effective symbol for use with children. The butterfly is representative of the spirit of life and the quest for freedom. In this project, students turn the stars that the Jews were forced to wear into butterflies with one symmetrical fold and their own creativity.

Butterflies can be decorated many ways. Those found in nature show symmetry as does the one in the example which was created using dot stickers and marker lines and dots.

Link to Pavel Friedman’s poem on the Yad Vashem website.