I Never Saw Another Butterfly
Web Quest



The Place: Terezin, Czechoslovakia

The Time: 1942 - 1945

The People: Jewish children

After Nazi Germany invaded and seized control of Czechoslovakia, they converted the town of Terezin (also known as Theresienstadt) into a concentration camp/ghetto for Jewish people.  About 140,000 Jews from many parts of Europe were imprisoned at Terezin, including 15,000 children. From Terezin, most of the people were then sent east to the death camp at Auschwitz. Through this Web Quest, you will learn about the children of Terezin - their thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams - through their poetry and art. You will use your Butterfly Journal to respond to some questions, and to reflect on things you will be reading.

Terezin Concentration Camp

International Coalition of Historic Sites of Conscience

Fact Monster - Dictionary Search Page

Terezin Children's Cantata (9 poems)

The Art Teacher of Terezin

Student Gallery of Art and Poetry

Webquest Lesson Plan/Standards

Butterfly Journal pages

Background Information About Terezin (Theresienstadt)

Terezin Powerpoint

Teacher's Notes for Powerpoint

The Holocaust and Children's Literature (Recommended Books)

Holocaust Museum Houston:Teaching Activities

Children of the Holocaust: Biographies

Volavkava, Hana. I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children's Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp 1942-1944 New York: Schocken Books, 1993.

Rubin, Susan Goldman. Fireflies in the Dark: the Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin. New York: Holiday House, 2000.

The Journey of Butterfly. 1996 Bolthead Communications Group.

Websites used in the creation of this web quest:

(Text of poem "I Never Saw Another Butterfly.")

http://www.hmh.org/minisite/butterfly/activity1.html - Butterfly Lesson Plan
(Butterfly lesson plan Houston Holocaust Museum site.

(Student written report about Terezin.)

(Collection of 9 poems written by children of Terezin.)

(Imagine Gallery contains art, poems and writings done by school students who have studied the Holocaust.)

(Biographies of Holocaust children.)

(Information about Friedl Dicker-Brandeis.)

(Terezin survivor's diary.)

FactMonster dictionary


(Terezin Article from Holocaust Encyclopedia)


Webquest created 2/12/2003, updated 2/10/05 by Linda Sheehe, Media Specialist, Hilliard Tharp Sixth Grade School.