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Inspired by Pavel Friedmann's poem The Butterfly, the Museum established the Wings of Memory Society in 1999.
The last, the very last,
So richly brightly, dazzling 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-buy.
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 here,
in the ghetto.
April 6, 1942
Interned in the Terezin concentration camp and later deported to Auschwitz, Pavel Friedmann was one of the estimated 1.5 million Jewish children who perished in the Holocaust.
Inspired by Pavel's poem, the Museum established the Wings of Memory Society in 1999.