BENEFITING: Dallas Holocaust Museum
During the month of May, One Meaning is honored to feature The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance as our Charity of the Month. The Dallas Holocaust Museum is dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust, and to teaching the moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred and indifference, for the benefit of all humanity. We feel a deep kinship with that mission statement because it is very similar to what we at One Meaning humbly strive toward with our little butterfly that carries a message of love on its wings. We will be donating over 10% of all sales to the Museum as well as featuring additional fundraising opportunities for this great organization during May. Please take a moment to read on and learn more about them.
The Butterfly Connection
Earlier this year, the Museum reached out to us and explained how the butterfly was revered as a symbol of hope during the Holocaust. Many victims of the Holocaust clung to the hope that they would one day escape the horrors of persecution, and butterflies became a manifestation of that hope. As a result butterflies were often a major component of children’s art and literature during their imprisonment in concentration camps. The poem “The Butterfly” by Pavel Friedmann is perhaps the most famous example.* Pavel was just one of the 1.5 million children who perished during the Holocaust.
The Museum went on to tell us that whether or not we realized it, our symbol presented an opportunity to promote an even greater cause – remembering the victims of the Holocaust and teaching its lessons to the world to prevent genocide from happening again. Yom Hashoah, the Holocaust day of remembrance, is on May 1, 2011 and we are deeply honored to lend our image to the memory of Holocaust victims and inspire hope for humanity of a future filled with love and tolerance.
The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance
In 1984, a group of local Holocaust survivors created the Dallas Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies to preserve the memory of what they had endured. As the center welcomed more and more visitors, the need to expand became more and more apparent. The small center was transformed into a cultural institution that today includes a permanent exhibit, a new gallery for traveling exhibits, and a distinguished education program devoted to teaching the lessons of the Holocaust and tolerance. In the past year, the Museum has reached more than 40,000 students and hosted an additional 15,000 walk-in visitors. The Museum continues to teach the community about the past in order to impact the future.
About the Holocaust
The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. “Holocaust” is a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.” The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Aryan Germans were superior and that the Jews, deemed inferior, were a “racial threat” to the German people. During the era of the Holocaust, German authorities also targeted other groups because of their perceived “racial inferiority”: Roma (Gypsies), the disabled, and some Slavic peoples (Poles, Russians, and others). Other groups were persecuted on political, ideological, and behavioral grounds, among them Communists, Socialists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and homosexuals.
It has been over 65 years since the Holocaust. To survivors, the Holocaust remains real and ever-present, but for others, 65 years makes the Holocaust seem part of ancient history. Year-round the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance tries to teach and inform others about the horrors of the Holocaust. They help to answer the questions of what happened? How did it happen? How could it happen? Could it happen again? They attempt to fight against ignorance with education and against disbelief with proof. The video on your right is a good start to learning more, as is the Museum's website:http://dallasholocaustmuseum.org
A membership to the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance announces to the world that you believe in tolerance and you are ready to stand up to prejudice, bullying, hatred, and indifference. To become a member and read a story about a Holocaust survivor visit: The Sonia Huberman Story
The Butterfly* by Pavel Friedmann
He was the last, the very last,
So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow.
Perhaps if the sun's tears would sing against a white stone. . .
Such, such a yellow
Is carried lightly 'way up high.
It went away I'm sure because it wished to kiss the world good-bye.
For seven weeks I've lived in here,
Penned up inside this ghetto.
But I have found what I love here.
The dandelions call to me
And the white chestnut branches in the court.
Only I never saw another butterfly.
That butterfly was the last one.
Butterflies don't live in here,
in the ghetto.
Pavel Friedmann was imprisoned at Theresienstadt and later murdered at Auschwitz. See an amazing video about the child survivors of Theresienstadt at:"The Brundibar Opera of Theresienstadt"
We must never forget. So that something like the Holocaust never again happens. To anyone. Anywhere. Thank you so much for you support of our Charity for May! We’d love to hear from you and learn how this organization might have inspired you. Let your love fly by sharing your stories and remember that we are all connected.
Karen and Ingrid