I Have Not Seen a Butterfly Around Here: Children´s Drawings from the Terezín Ghetto
The main aim of this exhibition is to bring the viewer closer to the world of the child prisoners of the Terezín/Theresienstadt ghetto during the Second World War by featuring their preserved drawings.
LANGUAGE VERSIONS: CZE, ENG
EXHIBITION CURATOR: Zuzana Pavlovská, Jewish Museum in Prague
FIRST SHOWN: 2018
Mass transports of Jews to the newly established ghetto in Terezín (German: Theresienstadt) started at the end of November
1941. Originally a military fortress, the town of Terezín was turned into a transit concentration camp at the end of 1941.
Its main role was to hold Jews from the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia before their deportation to the extermination
camps. Terezín became a transit station for tens of thousands of Jews who were destined for death.
Among the deportees were about 11,000 children and youth. The Jewish self-government of the ghetto tried hard to make living conditions bearable for them. Education was still of utmost importance for the children, as it was necessary to preserve and develop their ethical, aesthetic and intellectual values. This included drawing lessons under the direction of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis (1898–1944).
The unique collection of children’s drawings from Terezín is the largest collection of such artworks in the world. It comprises 4,500 drawings, which were made over the course of two years (1942–1944). The main aim of this exhibition is to bring the viewer closer to the world of the child prisoners of the Terezín ghetto during the Second World War by featuring their preserved drawings.
20 roll-up panels, width100 cm x height 200 cm.
This exhibition is available on loan, free of charge, to any institution. Transportation will be arranged and paid for by the borrower.