The Place: Terezin, Czechoslovakia
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.
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.")
- Butterfly Lesson Plan
(Butterfly lesson plan Ð 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.)
Webquest created 2/12/2003, updated 2/10/05 by Linda Sheehe, Media Specialist, Hilliard Tharp Sixth Grade School.