The Butterfly Project (based on the global project) will help raise awareness and memorialize the 15,000 children (only 100 survivors) who passed through Terezin.
Theresienstadt concentration camp, also referred to as Theresienstadt ghetto, was a concentration camp established by the SS during World War II in the garrison city of Terezín (German: Theresienstadt), located in German-occupied Czechoslovakia.
Tens of thousands of people died there, some killed outright and others dying from malnutrition and disease. More than 150,000 other persons (including tens of thousands of children) were held there for months or years, before being sent by rail transports to their deaths at Treblinka and Auschwitz extermination camps in occupied Poland, as well as to smaller camps elsewhere.
The Tractor Shed Theatre will present I Never Saw Another Butterfly one-act play by Celeste Raspanti for Catawba Valley Community College’s Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 28th at 12:30pm.
The play is based on the lives of the children of Terezin and their special teacher who secretly taught them how to write, read, create poetry and art work based on their experiences in Terezin in which their creative work was buried and found later after liberation. The play includes the real poetry and art from Terezin children.
The Tractor Shed Theatre students would like to get as many butterflies as possible to represent the lives of the children that were lost at Terezin. Currently, they have a few hundred. They will showcase the butterflies as part of an installation at the Tractor Shed Theatre where they will also run the show paired up with Peter/Wendy two one-acts for their spring production opening June 1st.
Watch the video here for more information or check out the Tractor Shed Theatre websites:
School Website: http://www.catawbaschools.net/Page/7965