The Butterfly Project: Children of the Holocaust

Last week, the Jewish Federation of San Diego County hosted local Jewish organizations at the Jewish Community Building in remembrance of the 1.5 million children killed in the Holocaust through an educational organization called The Butterfly Project, which is helping bring Holocaust teaching materials into American classrooms through art.

Federation staff and attendees painted ceramic butterflies as part of the project’s objective to display 1.5 million butterflies around the world, one for each child lost. Each butterfly is accompanied by a photo and bio of the child being represented – creating a living memory of a life taken too soon.

Attendees watched an exclusive 15-minute trailer for the upcoming film, Not the Last Butterfly which chronicles the children of the Holocaust and expands on the mission of The Butterfly Project, showing how they are teaching children about the Holocaust in an engaging way.

The painted butterflies will be on display in the near future and permanent installation at the Jewish Community Building in remembrance of those innocent lives lost and remind us that we must learn from the past and stop such an atrocity from happening again.

Click here to learn more about The Butterfly Project and enjoy photos below of our wonderfully emotional and meaningful day.

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