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#224 ~ I Never Saw Another Butterfly

I Never Saw Another Butterfly edited by Hana Volavkova

When I signed up for Anna and Serena‘s War Through the Generations 2009 Reading Challenge, Jill from Fizzy Thoughts offered to send me her copy of I Never Saw Another Butterfly, a compilation of drawings and poems written by children detained in the Terezin Concentration Camp from 1942 – 1944.  I accepted her offer and I’m so glad that I did.  It has been the most meaningful read of the challenge for me.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’ve been touched by some of the fiction I’ve read.  It just doesn’t have the impact that actual drawings and words from children forced to live at a concentration camp.  Adults have the capacity to grasp why things happen.  Innocent children do not, yet they see and understand what adults cannot.  This book reflects that.  It was haunting and beautiful.

If you’re curious of the impact of the Holocaust on children imprisoned, I cannot recommend this book enough.  I think it would make a great reference for students as well.

warthrugen_button21This is my sixth and final review for the War Through The Generations 2009 Challenge.  I’ve finished it!  Happy dance for me.  LOL!

During this challenge I have also read and reviewed:

Coventry by Helen Humphreys
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by  Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer
The Mistress by  Philippe Tapon

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8 Comments

  • At 2009.12.31 19:16, A Bookshelf Monstrosity said:

    I first came across this book in college in a Holocaust seminar and found it to be so powerful. I’m glad this book was suggested to you so you could discover it as well. Happy New Years:)

    • At 2009.12.31 19:19, Anna said:

      Congrats on completing the challenge! Thanks for participating and helping to make the challenge a success. We hope you’ll join us for the Vietnam challenge in 2010.

      This sounds like a fascinating book, and I’ve added it to my to read list. I posted your review on War Through the Generations.

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      • At 2009.12.31 19:55, lilly said:

        I can imagine what impact the drawings had on you. The fates of children always affect me the most and I always cry uncontrollably, especially when reading about Holocaust and children in concentration camps.

        I know that the themes don’t really go together but I wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year!

        • At 2010.01.01 00:01, Kathy R (Bermudaonion) said:

          That sounds like such a powerful and meaningful book. Congratulations on completing the challenge.

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          • At 2010.01.01 21:22, Toni Gomez said:

            I bet the book is just amazing. I would love to see this one. I am writing it down. Congratulations on completing the challenge. It is one of the challenges in which I would have liked to be involved.

            • At 2010.01.02 00:41, softdrink said:

              Congrats on finishing the challenge! I’d say I’m glad you enjoyed the book, but those aren’t quite the right words. I ended up sobbing through most of it…it’s very moving.

              • At 2010.01.02 12:18, Lisa said:

                This does sound like a good thing for students to reference. If for no other reason than that the sooner they realize the effects of war and bigotry, the better.

                • At 2010.01.02 23:51, Kailana said:

                  I read this a few months ago and I also thought it was great! I am so glad I read it!

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