Photographing and cataloguing 127 butterflies can take time, but it is also an opportunity to study each unique butterfly. In doing so, I've noticed some startling themes running through the Carstairs Elementary School group of butterflies.
This project was initiated at the school by the Grade 4B class who were studying about the Holocaust as part of their language arts and history lessons. They were reading an account of a family known as the Brady's who were involved in the war. The novel they read is Hana's Suitcase - the website is accessible here.
Hana Brady 1931 - 1944
Hana Brady was born in Nové Mesto, Czechoslovakia. She and her older brother George watched their parents being arrested and taken away by the Nazis. They were never seen again. Hana and George were sent to the Theresienstadt (Terezin) concentration camp. In 1944, Hana was deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp. While her brother survived by working as a labourer, Hana was sent to the gas chambers a few hours after her arrival on 23 October 1944. Source: Wikipedia
The words, colors as well as brush strokes chosen and reflected in the butterflies made by these students clearly indicate to me how much they empathised and learned about the losses suffered, the importance of love and the hopes and wishes to stop hatred.
I have uploaded 24 more butterflies from the class. If you have a moment, you can view them by clicking here.