The Journey of Butterfly
"If in barbed wire things can bloom, why couldn't I? I
will not die, I will not die." -Excerpt
from On a Sunny Evening, written in 1944 by the children of Terezin-
Over the course of human history, individuals have
created art, music and writings under the most adverse circumstances.
The Journey of Butterfly: The Legacy and the original
documentary The Journey of Butterfly reveals one
of the most moving examples of this a Jewish ghetto in Terezin,
Czechoslovakia, established in 1941 by Nazi forces. This "model"
ghetto was created to deceive the world into believing Jews and
other prisoners were being treated with dignity; they were not.
Introduced by Charles Gibson, co-host of Good Morning
America, both of these one-hour documentaries came about when
the American Boychoir from Princeton New Jersey, was asked to
perform at the official opening of the Jewish Museum in Terezin,
commemorating the 50th year of Terezin's establishment as a ghetto.
The choir performed I Never Saw Another Butterfly,
a concert composed by Charles Davidson with words written by the
children imprisoned in Terezin. The young singers' voices provide
a dramatic refrain to the film, evoking the conflicting nature
of Terezin a haunting place that could be, simultaneously, full
of beauty and full of corpses...more...