Sunday, September 02, 2007

Butterfly collecting


"In an effort to remember them the Holocaust Museum Houston is collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies. The butterflies will eventually comprise a breath-taking exhibition for all to remember."
Tirzah and Kezzi are collecting butterflies to send to the Houston Holocaust Museum.
Why butterflies?
Because of the poem and book of the same title:

The Butterfly
The last, the very last,
So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow.
Perhaps if the sun’s tears would sing against a white stone....
Such, such a yellow
Is carried lightly ’way up high.
It went away I’m sure because it wished
to kiss the world good-bye.

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.

by 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.
If you would like to send butterflies email me for details:
yarn yenta at yahoo of course

3 comments:

Yarn It said...

Let me know what it entails. If I can squeeze it in I would be happy to make some!

Brooke Knits said...

I want to make butterflies too! How was your mom's lecture last night - we missed you. Dog fur lady showed up w/a large green trash bag of soft doggie fur!! Lucy is having surgery today - she'll be a 3 legged dog - and a tumor to remove from "good" leg.

timbuck2mom said...

Your mom asked if we would like to help you out on the butterflies. Let me know what it is all about and I'll see if anyone would like to do it.

My email address is:
timbuck2mom@yahoo.com

Thanks, Elisabeth

 
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