One very touching group of drawings was created 1943/44 by children at the Terezin (Theresienstadt) ghetto. Margit Koretzova (April 8, 1933-April 1944 Auschwitz) was one of these children, only 11 years old when she perished at Auschwitz not long after creating Butterflies.
At the Terezin (Theresienstadt) ghetto, artist Friedl Dicker-Brandeis organized officially supported art lessons encouraging the children to express their feelings in their work. Before being shipped to Auschwitz, Friedl Dicker-Brandeis buried 4500 of pieces of artwork in two suitcases. Others were found hidden in mattresses and stuffed in cracks between the walls. These drawings allow us to see what life was like in Terezin, through the eyes of children: a heart rending look at the misery, sadness, and fear of these innocents as well as their courage, their hopes, and their fears.
In autumn of 1944 Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the majority of her students were deported East, and with her nearly all of them perished in the gas chambers of Auschwitz. Of the 15,000 children who passed through the Terezin (Theresienstadt) ghetto, only about 100 survived.
This is the largest collection of children’s drawings from the period of the Shoah in the world. It is in the collection of the Jewish Museum Prague.