Americans and the Holocaust: Butterflies in Remembrance of the Holocaust (children)

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Take-Home Kit

Age Group:

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Allowed Ages: Over 18
Allowed Grades: 5th Grade to 7th Grade

Program Description

Event Description

“The Butterfly” is a poem written by Pavel Friedmann in 1942 while imprisoned in the Terezin Concentration Camp during the Holocaust. This poem is featured in the book “I Never Saw Another Butterfly”, a collection of artwork, poetry, and writing by children imprisoned at Terezin. From this poem, the image of the butterfly has emerged as an unforgettable symbol of the Holocaust.

Use this take home kit to create a paper butterfly in honor and remembrance of one of the 1.5 million children that lost their lives at Terezin and other concentration camps throughout Germany and Eastern Europe. 

Pavel Friedmann, a young Czech born in 1921 ultimately died in Auschwitz in 1944.  The butterfly represents the beauty and freedom that was taken away from so many during one of the darkest periods in world history. 

Content Warning:  Mature theme depicting the Holocaust. 

This take-home kit was developed in accordance with education standards from The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and within the consensus of Holocaust educators that 8 years is the earliest age to begin Holocaust education.

All supplies will be provided to create a paper butterfly using a butterfly cut-out, markers and sequins.

Kits may be picked up at the Downtown Library via Curbside Delivery or inside at the Circulation Desk beginning January 30, 2023 through February 5, 2023.


We can only guarantee one kit per registration.  Please register individually to ensure that kits are appropriately distributed.  Special notes should not be used for additional registrations.

Thank you for your help!

It is encouraged that an adult supervise children while using this Metropolitan Library System Take & Make Kit.