I NEVER SAW ANOTHER BUTTERFLY by Celeste Raspanti
Over 15,000 Jewish children were sent by the Nazis to Thereseinstadt, a former military camp, also known as Terezin. Tragically, only 100 children were still alive when the concentration camp was liberated at the end of World War II. One of the survivors, Raja, having lived through it all, teaching the children when there was nothing to teach with, helping to give them hope when there was little enough reason for hope, creating a little world of laughter, of flowers and butterflies behind the barbed wire, tells the true story of the children. There were no butterflies at Terezin, of course, but for the children, butterflies became a symbol of defiance, making it possible for them to live on and play happily while waiting to be transported to Auschwitz. This play is Raja’s story and although it depicts the horrors of the Holocaust, it also reminds us the best of which the human heart is capable.