...I never saw another butterfly... by Hana Volavková

...I never saw another butterfly...

Fifteen thousand children under the age of fifteen passed through the Terezin Concentration Camp. Fewer than 100 survived. In these poems and pictures drawn by the young inmates, we see the daily misery of these uprooted children, as well as their hopes and fears, their courage and optimism. 60 color illustrations.

Details ...I never saw another butterfly...

Title...I never saw another butterfly...
Release DateMar 15th, 1994
GenrePoetry, World War II, Holocaust, History, Nonfiction, Art, War, Historical

Reviews ...I never saw another butterfly...

  • Carol E.
    Last month I was lucky to have the opportunity to visit Terezin, a former concentration camp in Czech Republic. On one side of town is the fortress where they kept adult prisoners. In the town itself, every resident was evacuated, and the town was taken over by Nazis. Children lived in a barracks/prison in the town, while the regular housing was used by Nazis.There were no amenities for the children, of course, but adults arranged secret schoolin...
  • david
    A tough book to get through.Poetry and pictures by little children before they were purposely withdrawn from this earth.How unneccessarily tragic are many of our actions and words.
  • Sandy
    Recently reading about the Houston Holocaust Museum's planned 2013 exhibition titled The Butterfly Project, I read for the first time Pavel Friedmann's poem The Butterfly" in which he remarks that he has seen no butterfly in the ghetto though some of the beauty of the natural world insists on itself even there. The ghetto is the Terezin Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia. Terezin was a bizarre experiment of the Third Reich, which set it up as a...
  • James M. Madsen, M.D.
    I read this book just after visiting the site of the Dachau concentration camp, and although this book is about Theresienstadt, not Dachau, the two experiences were definitely synergistic for me. The book is really several books in one: a) introductory material and an epilogue; b) a collection of poems written by children in Theresienstadt; c) an interspersed collection of children's drawings from art classes (taught by, among others, a gifted ar...
  • Robin
    the PC thing would probably be for me to give this 5 stars. The context is tragic and moving-- poems and pictures done by kids in a WWII "model ghetto" (where people died in their own excrement and hundreds were shipped out to concentration camps daily). With a couple of exceptions, the poems themselves weren't as moving for me as I had expected they might be...
  • Sarah A Rothwell
    The strength and love of the teachers who guided the children into the comfort of their imaginations was the heartbreaking beauty of this book. The notable absence of a visual representation of the cruel and terrifying captors gave me hope that these children may have been given at least some relief from the relentless suffering, hunger and darkness when led into visions of gardens with flowers and trees laden with fruit. The catalog for me was u...
  • Judy
    Until recently I had never heard of the Terezin Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia. I read "Hana's Suitcase" about a young girl who was sent there and eventually was put to death. But her brother survived and "Hana's Suitcase" is a story about these two children. A GRs friend suggested "I never saw another butterfly." The poetry and pictures in this book are a poignant reminder of what the world lost in the camps. With a forward by Chaim Potok ...
  • David
    5.0 This reflects the absolute worst of humanity. There are no messages of hope, no silver linings, there is only deep heartache and unimaginable despair. It serves as a constant reminder that evil and the seeds of intolerance must be vigilantly opposed whenever possible. This book documents through art and poems the pain and suffering that created a situation where only 100 out 15,000 children survive. This book was so hard for me to read and ye...
  • Kat
    My friend Ida gave this book to me and it just haunted me - another lie foisted upon the world by the Nazi inner circle. An unforgettable book. I have used this with students and it is so readable.
  • Gerda Fiske
    This book was depressing knowing that most of the kids who wrote these died in the camps... :(
  • Vé
    How am I supposed to rate this book? It's so pretty but tragic, childish but oh so sad; this is possibly the saddest book I have ever owned. Each page brings tears to my eyes, and I can't bear to open it often, despite the wonderful quality of its paper, the colourful images, the amazing words...
  • Agnes
    It is a shocking and the same time a very touching book that keeps these children alive.
  • Jake Miller
    This is such a special collection. It collects the drawings and poems of children who passed through the Terezin Concentration Camp between 1942 and 1944. “A total of around 15,000 children under the age of 15 passed through Terezin. Of those, around 100 came back.” Knowing the destruction that came from this place and the beauty the children were able to create within it is awe inspiring. The book does a good job of explaining the history of...
  • Beatrice
    Heartbreaking and haunting. "...I never saw another butterfly..." is a collection of artwork and poetry from the children of the Terezin Concentration Camp. As was stated in the forward, "Culture was a collective means of resisting the deceptions practiced by the Nazis as well as a weapon against despair, a way of warding off the fearful pink slip--the deportation order to the darkness in the East." This is a collection that you should really tak...
  • Jennifer Mangler
    The story of Terezín in heartbreaking, even more so when told through the words and pictures of children. One of my students was struggling to comprehend the impact of the Holocaust, and this book really helped him connect with the children and understand what it meant for them. I'm so grateful this book was there for him.
  • Carla
    Heartbreaking. A total of 15,000 children under the age of fifteen passed through the Terezin Concentration Camp between the years 1942-1944; less than 100 survived. This book is illustrated with pictures the children drew in camp, along with their poems. This will resonate with you forever.
  • Barbara McEwen
    If more people read books like this one maybe there would be less hate and fear in the world. It is quite shocking to see all that remains of all those children.
  • Rebekah Bloxom
    This is an emotional book that tells the truth of concentration camp experiences through the eyes of children. It contains many heartbreaking writings from children that lived and died in the Terezin Concentration Camp. The book includes some background information explaining the timeline of WWII, essays, poems, and art to help readers to understand the state that these children were in. This book will work as a cross curricular text to connect t...
  • Leanne
    4.5/5 Heartbreaking, yet truly lovely 💔
  • Penelope Gomez
    I Never Saw Another Butterfly isn’t like any kind of book that will easy to read without feeling sorry for the authors. Or I should say kids. This book is filled of life and emotion even though most of the kids are not or have to live with the horrible memories as long as they live. This book is filled with poems of the kids who were at Terezin during WWll either held at a ghetto or a concentration camp. These poems from these kids… most of t...
  • Elizabeth
    This is a haunting beautiful book. The poems are about an aching for home and grieving and sadness and dread. The accompanying pictures range from bright to dark with surprising drawings of beauty such as vases of flowers. Then you discover that the art was created by children who were led by a teacher and that these expressions were subversive acts. Her name was Mrs. Dicker-Brandeis and she instinctively knew that art is a healer. Where this was...
  • Linda
    I first heard about this book when I was judging a speech meet and one of the students did a Serious Oral Interpretation with the poem "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" as a lead-in.At the time the book did not seem to be available in the United States - at least I couldn't find a copy. I visited Terezin in 1999 and bought the book at that time. It has since become available in the States.The horror being incomprehensible, the drawings and poems al...
  • Sarah
    I feel that I'm supposed to give this a great rating, and I did want to love it. But I just couldn't. It felt too curated - you can see the invisible hand of the editor picking out the poems and drawings from a box of hundreds, finding those that seemed to fit their narrative. The children were instructed what to draw in a series of exercises, and I don't particularly think that these necessarily speak to their lived experience. The poems were mo...
  • Lauren Ritcey
    Genre: PoetryAwards:Grade Level:5-6Comments: I would use this book to discuss the history of the Holocaust. The poems would be used to provide discussion ideas, and the students can ask questions based on the poems. I think the poems will relate to the children and they can have a better connection/understanding of the topic. I could also use this as a writing tool, the students who have trouble with poetry can see all these kids that went throug...
  • Tatum Jones
    I liked this book however it simply wasn't one of my favorite because of the format. I'm not a big fan of poetry style books so that plays a big factor in it. It is hard sometimes to understand books that are formatted in that way. There wasn't a story line of the book either, it was just a combination of different poem written by the kids during the holocaust. Thus it was a very sad book and I like books with happy endings so it wasn't one of my...
  • Sharon Huether
    Poems and picture by children in a ghetto in Terezin. They missed their homes, felt dirty and didn't have enough to eat. Even thought they saw death every day,they still had hope. In 1944 they were sent to Auschwitz where most of them died. A few of the Children worked in the camps and were freed at the end of the war. The children had an art teacher at the ghetto that shared her talents and all her art supplies with them. She also died in Auschw...
  • Ryan Lockhart
    My college choir director introduced us to a song series that was based on three of the poems in this book. You will be both inspired and moved to the brink of tears after reading the stories of these children. Fantastic!!!
  • Erica
    Heartbreaking, desolate and beautiful, the words of children sent to Terezin Ghetto (work camp) during WWII. Dreaming and hopeful are the drawings and collages. Of the 15,000 children sent to Terezin, all but 100 died there or at another concentration camp such as Auschwitz-Birkenau.