I Never Saw Another Butterfly
I Never Saw Another Butterfly is an uplifting and inspiring story about the use of art in times of
tragedy. The story centers around Raja, a young Czech teenager who is forced into Terezin, or
Thereisenstadt, a Jewish ghetto that was used as a stopping point for transport to the death camps
in the east, Auschwitz in particular. While many Jewish artists, filmmakers, and other people of
cultural or political prominence were sent there, the ghetto itself was still a miserable place to live.
Disease was everywhere, and starvation was the norm. Through the eyes of the children who lived
in this camp, we see how art helped them not only survive their time in the ghetto, but also how it
helped them cope. The play uses poetry from the book by the same name, a collection of artwork
and poetry by the children of the Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942-1944.