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.
This 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