The Butterfly - הפרפר

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Resource Type: Short Article in: English
Age: 7-14
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Estimated Time: 5 minutes

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To hear the feelings of a child living in the Ghetto

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The Butterfly

The last, the very last,
So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow.
Perhaps if the sun’s tears would sing
against a white stone....

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.



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