Director's Notes

This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the conclusion

of World War II. From 1942 to 1945 over 15,000 Jewish children passed

through Terezin. It soon Became a station, a stopping off place, for

hundreds of thousands on their way to the gas chambers of Auschwitz.

When Terezin was liberated at the end of the war only about one hundred

children were alive and able to return to what was left of their lives,

their homes and families. The story of those years at Terezin remains

in drawings and poems collected and published in the book I Never Saw

Another Butterfly. The Appendix to I Never Saw Another Butterfly briefly

notes the names of the children, the dates of their birth and

transportation to Terezin. For most of the Children whose work appears

in the book, the brief biography ends, "perished at Auschwitz..."

But one child, Raja Englanderova "after the liberation, returned to Prague".

This Play is her story. It is history as much as any play can be history.

Come with me, with my fellow students and actors back into Terezin and

relive through their eyes the best and the worst of which

the human heart is capable.

Paul W. Draper