To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, the “Humanities Heroes” asked all pupils to take part in a project: “Don’t Stand By”. Each form completed one or more templates – or their own designs of butterflies by writing inside them short messages “Why is it important that we remember the Holocaust and its victims?” They then coloured and decorated their butterflies. Then they created a display with all the butterflies.
You might ask why butterflies? A young Jewish boy Pavel Friedmann wrote a poem about butterflies during his stay in Terezin (Nazi concentration camp). He wrote “I have not seen a butterfly around here”. In 1944 Pavel was taken to Auschwitz and murdered aged 23. The poem also inspired the Butterfly Project of the Holocaust Museum Houston, an exhibition where 1.5 million paper butterflies were created to symbolize the same number of children that perished in the Holocaust.