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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.