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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.


Elliot Berlin, Joe Fab


Joe Fab
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Credited cast:
Tom Bosley ... Himself
Casey Condra Casey Condra ... Himself
Cassie Crabtree Cassie Crabtree ... Herself
Rachel Gleitman Rachel Gleitman ... Herself
Mary Jane Higdon Mary Jane Higdon ... Herself
Linda Hooper Linda Hooper ... Herself
Bernard Igielski Bernard Igielski ... Himself
George Jacobs George Jacobs ... Himself
Sheila Levine Sheila Levine ... Herself
Sandra Roberts Sandra Roberts ... Herself
Peter Schroeder Peter Schroeder ... Himself
Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand ... Herself
Drew Shadrick Drew Shadrick ... Himself
Samuel Sitko Samuel Sitko ... Himself
David Smith David Smith ... Himself


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


Documentary | War


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English | German

Release Date:

4 August 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

HBO Family: Paper Clips See more »

Filming Locations:

Whitwell, Tennessee, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,662, 27 May 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,095,118, 27 May 2005
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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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Response to chip
11 November 2005 | by kristie_eggertSee all my reviews

I ask you chiphaubrock, would you stand face to face with all the students, teachers and citizens of Whitwell, Tennessee who gave their time, their hearts and their all to this project and tell them that everything they have done was just ridiculous busy work? Would you tell Peter Schroeder and Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand, White House correspondents, that their interest in what these children were trying to achieve was misplaced and their efforts to assist in the success of the project was wasted? The quantity of paper clips was to give the children a tangible visualization of just how many six million was. This was a life changing experience for many people and hopefully for many more that will watch this documentary. However, there will always be people like you who will try to find something bad to harp about and try to discredit the good. It's also people like you who discourage and belittle the pride and the efforts of our youth who are trying to learn from the past in order to change the future and striving to send the message out to everyone in hopes of reaching someone who was not afforded the chance to learn what they have learned. I wonder how, if you watched the documentary, can you spew such hurtful and unnecessary comments when hatred, ignorance, awareness, change and hope are the most important points in the message of the film. Awareness and change can only be achieved from within, one person at a time and I think it would be a wonderful idea for you to begin with yourself. To the students, teachers and citizen's of Whitwell as well as everyone else the world over that contributed to this amazing project, my new awareness and appreciation which I will pass on to my children is thanks to your unselfishness, time and hard work. Thank you

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