Over this past week the CHSN Art Department has immersed itself in participating with a global Holocaust remembrance project, The Butterfly Project.
The goal of the Butterfly project is to commemorate the 1.5 million children killed during the Holocaust.
We began the week with a viewing of “Paper Clips.” This documentary tells the story of a Holocaust Memorial Project started in a middle school in Tennessee. While watching this video, students really gained a sense of the power of their voices and actions. Given the current climate, this message truly resonated with the students.
Next, with the help of bio cards provided by the Butterfly Project organization, we made personal connections with the children that were killed during the Holocaust. We also discussed the Righteous of Nations and the risks non-Jews faced in efforts to help the persecuted.
On February 28th, we kicked off the project with a presentation by Holocaust Survivor, Sonia Goldstein. Over 700 students listened intently as Sonia told her personal experiences in ghettos, Stutthof Concentration Camp, death marches and refugee camps. Sonia was taken to the concentration camp when she was 16, the age of most of the students in the audience. Sonia is now 93 years young, and we all valued the importance of hearing these personal accounts so that the stories may live on through us.
On March 1st, all art students returned to class, inspired to start creating butterflies. Today alone we create 860 of our total 1000 butterfly goal!
The lessons learned this week about the Holocaust, the victims, the survivors and the Righteous of Nations have been unforgettable!
The project has brought our school together in a time where tolerance and diversity are qualities we continue to foster.