Orginally, eighteen butterflies enhanced the grounds around the rail car (for chai - Hebrew for life, the Christian symbol of renewal and the Children of Terezín) .
Over the years, visitors have left several more butterflies. The students, staff, and community of Whitwell Middle School have transformed the car from a death car into a symbol of renewed life honoring the lives of those murdered by the Nazis.
For generations of Whitwell students, a paper clip will never again be just a paper clip. Instead, the paper clip is a reminder of the importance of perseverance, empathy, tolerance and understanding.
MORIAH SCHOOL, NEW ZEALAND Jewish Children Holocaust Memorial 1,500,000 Buttons 1 to remember each Jewish child murdered in the Holocaust JustineHitch (4.52)
1.5 million children died in the Holocaust. This enormous number is too great for children to grasp—until you make it real. So the children of Moriah School decided to see it for themselves. Over a period of two and a half years the children collected 1.5 million buttons.
“We still find it hard to understand:
How can people murder innocent children?
By remembering we can help stop this horrible thing from happening in our generation” (Jonah, Yr 7)
KRISTALLNACHT, 1938 The Night OF Broken Glass alfapres (15.26)