Burlington Township

Middle School @ Springside 

1600 Burlington Bypass

Burlington, NJ 08016

(609) 699-4021     


 The Holocaust was a period in history during which millions of Jewish people and others were killed solely because of their identity.  Many were sent to concentration camps which were places that imprisoned Jewish men, women, and children.  Most dealt with inadequate living conditions, forced labor, and mass executions.

One such camp was called Terezin, which was located in the hills outside Prague.  A total of 15,000 children under the age of 15 passed through the Terezin Concentration Camp from the years 1942-1944.  Of those 15,000 children, less than 100 of them survived and no child under the age of 14 lived.

       You may have noticed that on Main Street in our school, hundreds of butterflies were created and hung by our 6th grade students.  The butterflies represent the hopes, dreams, and lives of children lost from the Terezin Camp.  99% of the children from Terezin lost their lives.  Over the next few days, you will notice that some of the butterflies will start to disappear.  The ones that are cut down represent the lost lives of the children.  The butterflies that survive the cutting down are not always the most beautiful, biggest, nor the brightest.  Just like the children of Terezin, death of the children was random.  They all had dreams, they all had hopes, and they all lost them in Terezin, the place where butterflies don’t live.