Throughout the years of the Holocaust, over six million Jews were killed, and nearly one-and-a-half million of them were children.
But through that grim part of history, there are stories of hope and survival. Students at the Gladstone High School are performing some of those stories over the next few days.
"We decided to put on this play because we thought it was important," explained play Director Kenneth Taylor. "We've done other plays like "Christmas Story" and "Mash," but they didn't touch us like this one did."
"I Never Saw Another Butterfly" tells stories of Jewish children during the Holocaust and their experiences inside a German camp, between 1942 and 1945. The stories are told through poems and drawings that survived.
"Terezin was a former military garrison," Taylor said. "About 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin during that time, and when it was liberated in 1945, only about 100 survived."
Although most of their experiences were filled with sorrow and fear, there are some uplifting scenes during this dark part of history...like the bond of marriage between two characters.
"He marries Pavel and Irca and that gives them new hope to continue on through this suffering," explained cast member Mike Martin.
Characters feel this play will leave the audience with a new perspective on what life was like during the Holocaust.
"I think it will inspire a lot of people and help them understand what they had to go through," said cast member, Katie Menard.
"It's an awareness, and that was the main goal coming out with this play was to make sure people didn't forget about it," Taylor explained.
Performances will take place in the Gladstone High School auditorium Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, all at 7:30 p.m.