The drawing on the left was done by a child held at a what is euphemistically called “a summer camp” (detention center) in the U.S. I see a cage. The physical impediment that keeps her prisoner.
The drawing on the right was also created by a child.
Except this child’s drawing was made while being held prisoner at a Nazi concentration camp called Theresienstadt.
[This drawing and hundreds of paintings and poems created by children at Theresienstadt are part of a book called I Never Saw Another Butterfly.]
While there are absolute differences in experience – and as far as we know, no one in the US camps is being lined up and shot – their experience, how they express that emotionally in their art, is the same.
Thanks to Dori Keller for sharing these photographs.
Shalom (שלום), MAA
Courtesy of Footsteps: Never Forget. Always Learn.