Butterflies take flight right out of the pages of a book crafted by artist David Kracov. The artist created the metal sculpture, standing at half a meter tall, in tribute to the life of Rabbi Yossi Raichik, director of Charbad’s Children of Chernobyl organisation.
The 2547 hand-painted butterflies represent each of the children who escaped Chernobyl’s nuclear disaster and were given a chance at a new life with the help of the charity. The butterflies represent the “the delicacy and value of a child’s life”.
The pages of the book are filled with poems, excerpts of diaries, and songs, written by children who died at Auschwitz. The main poem is called “The Butterfly” and was written by Pavel Friedmann who was 13 at the time. [h/t mymodernmet.com]