Pavel Friedmann

Pavel Friedmann was a Jewish and Czechoslovak poet who died during the Holocaust in 1944. Posthumously, he came to fame for his poem ‘The Butterfly.’ It was written on a thin piece of paper discovered after the liberation of Czechoslovakia, along with several other poems.

The Butterfly

by Pavel Friedmann

In this heartbreaking poem, Friedmann writes about the last butterfly he saw and uses it as a symbol for loss and approaching death during the Holocaust.

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