... I NEVER SAW ANOTHER BUTTERFLY... by Hana Volavkova


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There is a collection of drawings and poems that were made by the children at Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia between 1942-1944. This camp was a way station on the trip to the gas chambers. 15,000 entered and 100 survived. The children shipped to the camp had already experienced every kind of hellish shock under the Nazi-directed pogrom. Many did not know for certain why they were at the camp of their destinations but how much they guessed is implicit in the verse of the older children and apparent in the full color drawings from all ages. The fact that hope springs up in even the most despairing lines, that to live, to get home, or even to stay on in a world where everything good was being first fouled and then snatched away, makes this book a punch in the heart, as it was intended to be. The collection was selected from the archives of the State of Jewish Museum in Prague. For the widest audience, the book is a tangible reminder of what the world lost with these lives -- the evident talent of these children has not been dimmed in translation. For those concerned with the development of children, these are symbolic expressions of a sensitivity made more active under planned experiences designed to brutalize. A short history of Theresienstadt and a catalogue of poems and drawings, with the available biographical data, complete a book that demands reader response from every page.

Pub Date: Sept. 29th, 1964
Publisher: McGraw-Hill