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Tallahassee Butterfly Garden A Tribute To Little Holocaust Victims

Tom Flanigan
HERC Executive Director Barbara Goldstein poses with a copy of the book that inspired the butterfly garden concept.

There is a small yard in front of the Holocaust Education Resource Council (HERC) office near Tallahassee Community College. That yard is now attracting a lot of attention from butterflies.
HERC Executive Director Barbara Goldstein said the idea came from a book containing poems and pictures created by children being held in the Nazi's Terezin Concentration Camp.

"Butterflies are free to fly away and during the time of the Holocaust these children in the concentration camps were not free. So this is such a meaningful time and message to use for education."

Maclay students like Paloma Rambana were doing the actual planting, as well as helping with the education.

"We need to teach without distorting and we have to prioritize making it understandable while not getting away from the message of the holocaust."

The message continues this Sunday afternoon, July 25 at HERC's museum in Panacea's Camp Gordon Johnston. Historian Linda Davey will speak on the Holocaust starting at 2 p.m.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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