Remembering the Children of the Holocaust
2020-21 brought many challenges for education around the world. Despite the obstacles of the Covid 19 pandemic, NEXT GENERATIONS developed new ways to interact with the community. Together with the NOW for Holocaust Survivors initiative of MorseLife, NCSY, and the International Butterfly Project, we partnered to bring a deeper understanding about the children of the Holocaust to students and their families in Palm Beach County.
The International Butterfly Project’s mission is a call to action through education, the arts and memorial making. It uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate about the dangers of hatred and bigotry and cultivates empathy and social responsibility. The participants paint ceramic butterflies that will be permanently displayed as symbols of resilience and hope, with the goal of creating 1.5 million butterflies around the world, one for each child who perished in the Holocaust, and honoring the survivors.
Our local participants included students from Palm Beach County Schools as well as synagogues and other organizations. In addition to painting the butterflies, students learned about individual children who perished in the Holocaust. Many students were part of interactive workshops where they learned about the arts and poetry created in one of the camps. Once the butterflies are completed, they will be incorporated into a permanent sculpture that will be located on the MorseLife campus in West Palm Beach.
It is the hope of NEXT GENERATIONS that participation in this worthwhile project will ensure that the memories of the children who died will live on through the art of other children.