Paper Clips

Paper Clips

Downloadable Video - 2005
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When the students of Tennessee 's Whitwell Middle School began studying the Holocaust as a way to learn about intolerance and diversity, nobody could have predicted the results. In 2001, the Paper Clip Project culminated in a unique memorial that changed the lives of those who created it, as well as touching Holocaust survivors and countless communities. Because Norwegians invented the paper clip and used it as a symbol of solidarity against the Nazis, students started collecting them to help visualize such vast numbers of victims. As word spread online and in the media, paper clips poured in from around the world, 11 million of which are enshrined in an authentic German railcar standing in the schoolyard. "Patiently told and lovingly made" ( Variety ), this inspiring, award-winning documentary shows how even small-town students and educators can teach the world powerful lessons.
Publisher: [United States] : Virgil Films and Entertainment : Made available through hoopla, 2005
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 84 min.)) : sd., col


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Apr 04, 2017

Well done documentary about school and community efforts to recognize the holocaust ...yet, we now live in a parallel time, repeating the same mistakes?
A beautiful song forms some of the sound track

Mar 01, 2016

Really good movie! Good for kids too.

Oct 14, 2015

Very well made documentary that puts a face on studying the Holocaust, and the uplifting results of educating all of us from an early age about our shared history when it comes to standing up against tyranny and prejudice throughout the world. Special features are also great including Holocaust survivor interviews, and BTS footage.

debbieboucher Dec 15, 2013

This documentary should be required viewing for every 8th grade class in the United States!

Dec 11, 2013

Liked this very much. An interesting and inspiring tale of how a middle-grade school in a small town in Tennessee wound up creating a memorial to Holocaust victims. The Grade Eights in the school study the Holocaust, and one in the class asked, "What is six million? I've never seen six million of anything, I can't picture it." The teacher instructed the class to do some research, decide on an appropriate item, and begin collecting six million of that item. They chose paper clips because Norwegians, who invented the paper clip, wore them on their clothes as a silent, secret protest against the Nazi regime. They had a little trouble in the beginning, and weren't sure they would collect enough paper clips. But then - oh my.... Excellent story.

Feb 13, 2013

Unexpectedly heartwarming - and that word usually has me running for the hills. This project is one of those things that remind us that human beings can be pretty terrific sometimes.

Apr 07, 2011

Every time I see a paper clip I will remember this documentary and the dedicated commitment of all the Holocaust Project participants. It is educational, emotional and inspirational.

smc01 Jan 06, 2009

This is an amazing, inspiring story. If only all school children could have such an experience. The visits to the school from Holocaust survivors are particularly moving.

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Jun 24, 2014

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