Tara Malone thinks of herself as the unlikely chronicler of the highly creative individuals, children and adults, who made  collages and drawings, wrote poems and plays and composed music while imprisoned in Terezin.  Tara is a Jewish convert, former psychology student and aspiring writer whose knowledge of Jewish history was largely gained from independent research.  After reading Pavel Friedmann's butterfly poem she became captivated by the artists of Terezin and it is her mission to share their stories with others.

Thanks for visiting Butterflies in the Ghetto. My name is Tara Malone, and I think of myself as the unlikely chronicler of the artists of Terezin. I use the word artist to refer to the creative individuals, both children and adults, who made collages and drawings, wrote poems and plays and composed music while imprisoned in Terezin.

I converted to Judaism while a student at Bryn Mawr College, where I studied Creative Writing and Comparative Literature. My studies during the conversion process were my only formal Jewish education, and I gained most of my knowledge of Jewish history and the Holocaust through independent research. Sometime after I graduated from Bryn Mawr I came across Pavel Friedmann’s poem The Butterfly, which moved me deeply and stayed with me. It introduced me to the stories of the artists of Terezin, and I have been captivated by their stories ever since. The stories stayed with me as I pursued a Master’s degree in Psychology from the New School for Social Research and as I work to transition into the field of Academic and Career Advising.

My first attempts to share these stories was through writing a Young Adult novel called The Golden Shield of Rabbi Loew. I continue to search for an agent willing to sponsor this manuscript, which is currently in revision. Given the difficulty of finding an agent and publisher, I realized I would have to find another way to get these stories out there, and so I decided to start the blog Butterflies in the Ghetto to fulfill this mission.

I usually write one or two new blog posts per week, and I invite you to subscribe to Butterflies in the Ghetto to keep updated on my latest posts. If you would like to contact me, you can reach me on Facebook and LinkedIn, or at tara.orah@gmail.com.

Thank you for your interest in the artists of Terezin and for taking the time to read their stories. Together we can ensure that their legacy will never be forgotten.

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  1. My aunt and her husband how was a doctor where in this camp.
    Somebody paint the doctor.
    Do you know where I can she this picture?

    1. Thank you for writing in. I don’t believe I’ve seen this painting of a Terezin doctor. I’ll look into this and will certainly let you know if I am able to find the painting.

  2. Hi,

    I read your article about the poem, “The Butterfly” on the International Jerusalem Post.
    It is a coincidence that I am donating a monument called “The Butterfly” by Ann Forman to the school in Tennessee featured in the documentary Paper Clips. The dedication of the monument will be on September 18, 2017. Please let me know if you would be interested in attending. Email me at ceceliaproductions@yahoo.com.


    1. Hi Cecilia,

      Thank you so much for reaching out and for your generous invitation to the dedication of your butterfly monument. I would love to attend but am not yet sure if I could make the trip in September. I’ll certainly let you know if I can make it.

      Thank you!

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