HOUSTON – A touching new exhibit is now available for the public to see. It consists of 1.5 million handmade butterflies, designed to commemorate the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust.
A famous poem reads, "Such a yellow is carried lightly 'way up high. It went away I'm sure because it wished to kiss the world good-bye."
The description makes a butterfly a painful symbol of how many children were killed during the Holocaust.
Humble High School students are joining countless others across the globe, designing butterflies and writing wishes for the world at The Galleria.
"What we did was minuscule compared to what happened. You could feel in the room what happened. It was a big deal," student Nadia Williams said.
"My father was a survivor of the Holocaust," Tali Blumrosen, chair of the Butterfly project, said. "It made me feel like I have an obligation and a responsibility to remember what happened and make sure we don't repeat history."
"Just knowing a genocide that big happened and then to know that genocide is still happening today," student Taraney Vigil said.
Through books and art, the Holocaust Museum hopes this teaches others how to appreciate some of the darkest times of the world's history.