Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Butterfly Project

The Butterfly Project mandate is   to remember the 1,500,000 innocent children who perished as a result of the Holocaust  by collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies

 In Spring 2013, these butterflies will then become a break-taking exhibition to serve as a memory of this event.  

 Can you imagine?  1.5 million children translated into  1.5 million butterflies....?  If  you wondering why a butterfly,  the project is based on this poem - 

I Never Saw Another 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.

Written  by Pavel Friedman, June 4, 1942

Born in Prague on Jan. 7, 1921.
Deported to the Terezin Concentration Camp on April 26, 1942.
Died in Aushchwitz on Sept. 29, 1944.

My son was born on Sept.29th many years later so the date 
really tugged at my heart.
If you would like to create a butterfly for these children
just click on the butterfly on my sidebar.
Lets make sure every child has a beautiful butterfly
representing them in the Spring of 2013.
Thanks to Two Dresses Studio for bringing
this to light.
I am off to mail my butterfly.

20 comments:

Lelia said...

Beautiful Butterfly. I had heard of this project from

Tatting Tales

you have created a beautiful butterfly for this project.

Trudi Sissons - Two Dresses Studio said...

All I can say is wow Sharon - I am very, as you may have guest heart connected to this project and so you won't be surprised that your precious butterfly brought tears to my eyes and continues to as I write.
We have so many troubles in our world and our media seems to make it a point of daily reminding us of them. What I find missing, is the 'news' of kind souls like you and others who share their love and gifts and by doing so, prove to us, well, like Louis Armstrong sung - ...and I think to myself...What a Wonderful World.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

MosaicMagpie said...

If you read my recent post on naming our new puppy, you will see the connection I have with time and place in history. Just like 9/11 we must never forget this occured either. I am on my way to visit "Two Dresses Studio" for details on creating my tribute butterfly.
Debbie

Merry said...

Such a beautiful butterfly Sharon. Thanks for the info...I didn't realise there were some many kids. Huge! That sure is a special date as that is my brother's birthday too.

Deborah said...

Exquisite butterfly! Thanks for the information.

Terri Kahrs said...

Sharon, I'm so happy that you've joined this great project. Your butterfly is gorgeous! Hugs, Terri xoxox

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Awesome, Sharon..what a powerful message..makes my heart weep..

Tammie said...

so sad and so lovely. it is good to remember and a butterfly is a lovely expression, yours is beautiful. Thank you for sharing this.

Laurie said...

I too am participating in this project Sharon, it's such a beautiful tribute and memorial. Your butterfly is so pretty, what a beautiful beautiful job.

Sue@MyArtsDesire said...

Sharon, LOVE your butterfly...as I see them popping up on other blogs I can't help but think what a beautiful exhibit this will be...no doubt it would take a few boxes of tissues to get through it.

Very moving post...thank you for sharing..

Denisa said...

Gorgeous!!! Thank you for stopping by my blog to leave me encouragement while I was sick with pneumonia! I appreciate your thoughtfulness. God bless you.
Denisa

Jasmine said...

Such a beautiful way to remember lost children. Your post made me quite tearful xJ

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Sharon! Thanks for visiting with your thoughtful comment on my blog. This is such a wonderful project I would love to make one also and will check it out a bit later. Promise to email you on my return from visiting Dad.
Your Butterfly is gorgeous!
Loving thoughts. Suzy

Scrapping With Sherry said...

Sharon~ When I first saw your post I thought to myself what a gorgeous butterfly... I wonder what she will use it for? Of course after reading your post I now know why. It was sure nothing that I had expected. I will be following the link provided and following your example as well of what a compassionate and giving individual you must be.

~Sherry

Scrapping With Sherry said...

Sharon~

I have featured you in my new weekly post, Scrapping With Sherry's Fabulous Finds. You can find it at http://scrappingwithsherry1.blogspot.com/ I hope you like it. I will be doing this post weekly on Sunday mornings.

There is a I was featured.... blog button located on my sidebar if you would like to copy and paste it with the link to my site on your blog. This is optional of course. I am hoping to get my new button today and can let you know when that one comes if you would like.

Thank you~ Sherry

Scrapping With Sherry said...

Sharon~

I have featured you in my new weekly post, Scrapping With Sherry's Fabulous Finds. You can find it at http://scrappingwithsherry1.blogspot.com/ I hope you like it. I will be doing this post weekly on Sunday mornings.

There is a I was featured.... blog button located on my sidebar if you would like to copy and paste it with the link to my site on your blog. This is optional of course. I am hoping to get my new button today and can let you know when that one comes if you would like.

Thank you~ Sherry

Scrapping With Sherry said...

Sharon~ Yes, it is me again... I needed to let you know that there is something waiting for you at my blog, if you could take a few moments to go and see. Thank you~

Sherry

Rhonda Emery said...

you a very nice blog. I am now a follower. scrappinwithsherri mentioned you on her blog.

CHARITY CRAFTER said...

Hi x I found you through Scrapping with Sherrys blog x I too am going to post about the Butterfly effect and hope its ok to feature your butterfly as inspiration x I am now a follower as not only am I blown away by your work, but by what you stand for too x I believe in the ripple of kindness and you certainly cause a few ripples x Leigh x

Lynn said...

Your butterfly is sooooooo beautiful Sharon, this is a wonderful project and so important.