This display consists of butterflies designed individually by RE students at Greig City Academy, Haringey, after reading about  the children who were used in the propaganda efforts of  the Nazis at the ‘fortress of lies’ called Terazin. Students reflected on the poem that was written there by Pavel Freidman in June of 1942,  before he was sent to his death at Auschwitz.   Each butterfly was then completed respectfully in silence, in memory of the children who died in the Holocaust.  Butterflies are a symbol of hope and carry the message ‘ Never Again’, reminding us not to be bystanders in trying times.

The Butterfly (English translation)

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.Pavel Freidman (7 January 1921 – 29 September 1944)

‘ Never again will we allow such a horrific injustice to happen. May all of those who died an untimely death in the tryannical hands of Adolf Hitler rest in eternal peace.  We hope that our butterflies can portray somelight in the hope that we will stand for justice.  Never again’
Asia Thompson Tuitt and Mary Samuel Yr 9 BHA