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> I am looking for a copy of the poem "The Butterfly by Pavel
> Friedmann" which was the subject of a recent article in Time for
> Kids Magazine.  Several members of my sixth grade team would
> like to read the entire poem to their classes.
From I Never Saw another Butterfly (NY:Schocken Books, 1993)
The last, the very last,
So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow.
Perhaps as if the sun's tears would sing
   against a white stone.

Such, such a yellow
Is carried lightly 'way up high.
It went away I'm sure because it wished to
   kiss the world good-bye.

For seven weeks I've lived in here,
Penned up inside this ghetto.
But I have found what I love here.
The dandelions call to me
And the white chestnut branches in the court.
Only I never saw another butterfly.

That butterfly was the last one.
Butterflies don't live in here,
   in the ghetto.

-- The poen is preserved in typewritten copy on thin copy paper in the
collection of poetry by Pavel Friedman, which was donated to the State
Jewish Museum during its documentation campaign (archive number 101516,
1-8). It is dated June 4, 1942, in the left corner. Pavel Friedman was
born on January 7, 1921, in Prague and deported to Terezin on April 26,
1942. He died in Auschwitz on September 29, 1944.


Dr. Allan O'Grady Cuseo
Greece Arcadia High School Library
Rochester, New York 14612

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