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Paper Clips (2004)

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As a part of their study of the Holocaust, the children of the Whitwell, TN Middle School try to collect 6 million paper clips representing the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis, and grows to include millions of others killed.

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Elliot Berlin, Joe Fab

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Joe Fab
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Whitwell Middle School in rural Tennessee is the setting for this documentary about an extraordinary experiment in Holocaust education. Struggling to grasp the concept of six-million Holocaust victims, the students decide to collect six-million paper clips to better understand the extent of this crime against humanity. The film details how the students met Holocaust survivors from around the world and how the experience transformed them and their community. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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It began as a lesson about prejudice... What happened next was a miracle

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Documentary | War

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Samuel Sitko: Future generations will have to learn about the Holocaust from the textbooks. We are the eyewitnesses that can, to a certain degree, tell you what took place.
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Features NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (1970) See more »

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Jubilee
Music: Traditional
Written by Charlie Barnett and Joe Fab
Performed by Alison Krauss, accompanied by Cheryl White and Andrea Zonn
Courtesy of MMB Music (BMI)
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How a Holocaust history project changed a community
13 February 2005 | by SwangirlSee all my reviews

This entrancing documentary details the story of how the students of Whitwell Middle School, a little town in Central Tennessee, started with a school assignment that snowballed into a one-of-a-kind Holocaust memorial gaining world-wide attention.

Whitwell is a former coal mining town with only a handful of minorities. The small town is almost totally Christian. Faculty at the school wanted to teach their children about the Holocaust as a means of showing them how intolerance of others can be fatal.

To give them a visual idea of what six million looks like (the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust), students began collecting paper clips. As news of the project began to spread, paper clips began pouring into the little school. Students did research and projects. They began to understand the not everybody was just like them. Jewish Holocaust survivors came to the school to share their stories and were embraced by the community.

Today a rail car formerly used to transport Jews to concentrations camps houses the paper clip collection on the grounds of Whitwell Middle School. Students give tours for other schools and answer questions.

This story is told with grace, humor and sensitivity. It will give you renewed hope in today's youth and an understanding of how the Holocaust must never be forgotten, lest it be repeated.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

4 August 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

HBO Family: Paper Clips See more »

Filming Locations:

Whitwell, Tennessee, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$25,535, 28 November 2004

Gross USA:

$1,121,744

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,152,757
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Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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