Honoring the legacy. Mourning the loss. Finding hope in our history.

About Butterfly Project

The Butterfly Project is a call to action through education, the arts and memorial making. It teaches social justice through lessons of the Holocaust, educating students about the dangers of hatred and bigotry to cultivate empathy and social responsibility. By painting ceramic butterflies, which are displayed as symbols of resilience and hope, participants remember the 1.5 million children killed during the Holocaust. In this work, The Butterfly Project honors our commitment to the Survivors to Never Forget.

Our special Görlitz/Zgorzelec edition of The Butterfly Project will also include biography cards for Jewish child survivors from Görlitz- many of whose descendants will be present to meet with students during Jewish Remembrance Week. Additionally, director Lauren Leiderman will be working with Israeli historian Ulla Hadar to prepare biography cards of Jewish children from around Lower Silesia and Saxony.  Around 200 students from both Görlitz and Zgorzelec will be taking part in our Butterfly Project.

The Power of Each Painted Butterfly

Each student has the chance to make a personal connection to the child on their biography card as they paint their own personal butterfly in memory of that child.

The powerful symbolism of each painted butterfly then getting fired in a kiln to emerge renewed, glazed and shiny, ready for display is remarkably impactful for students and the larger school community. The Butterfly Projects Founder CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Cheryl Rattner Price is planning to come to Görlitz to see the installation of this international collaboration.

Our Team

Nicole Nocon

German Representative of the Butterfly Project

Judi Hannes Mendelsohn

Jewish Remembrance Week Görlitz/Zgorzelec Coordinator of the Butterfly Project

Cheryl Rattner Price

Executive Director of the Butterfly Project

Lauren Leiderman

Project Historian: Oberlausitz & Niederschlesien Butterfly Project

Ulla Hadar

Project Historian & Geneologist: Oberlausitz & Niederschlesien Butterfly Project

About our partners for this program: