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Paper Clips

As a symbol of resistance against Nazi occupation during WWII, Norwegians wore paper clips. Inspired by this, a group of US students set out on a journey to collect 6 million paper clips, one for each of the Jews who died during the Holocaust.

Director: Elliot Berlin, Joe Fab
Year: 2004
Time: 82 min

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(2004) on IMDb

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Consider donating to One Clip at a Time, which furthers the work initiated by the students in Whitwell.

Do not let the atrocities of the Holocaust be forgotten. The United States Holocaust Museum offers guidelines on how to teach the valuable lessons offered by such a devastating event.

Encourage diversity in the world by being acceptant and tolerant in your daily life.

Keep history alive! Dorot Memorialine offers the stories of Holocaust victims and survivors from first-hand accounts, documenting their lives before, during, and after the Holocaust.

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“It is only when the sun sets on the entire Nazi mentality that we can firmly say “never again.”

Dan Glass, grandchild of a holocaust survivor writes about his heritage and  experience from living in Berlin in the Huffington Post. 

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United to End Genocide is building the largest activist organization in America dedicated to preventing and ending genocide and mass atrocities worldwide.”

Ties Between Whitwell and Philly

Whitwell students talk about their first group trip to Philadelphia in an article by the Jewish Exponent. 

Can You Feel the Souls?

“I sent them four for my four grandparents, one for a half-brother–they all died in the Holocaust,” Levine says. “I sent them a contribution for my parents, who survived.”

Read some of the stories behind the paper clips on the Washingtonian. 

10 Tips to Promote Global Citizenship in the Classroom

“Richard King works for Oxfam and has designed various projects and resources for teachers promoting active global citizenship. Richard was a secondary teacher for nine years in London, where he was head of physics, ran a curriculum enrichment programme at KS4 and was global citizenship coordinator.”

Read the full list on the Guardian.

The Perfection of the Paper Clip

“The paper clip is something of a fetish object in design circles. Its spare, machined aesthetic and its inexpensive ubiquity landed it a spot in MoMA’s 2004 show Humble Masterpieces. This was a pedestal too high for design critic Michael Bierut, who responded with an essay called “To Hell with the Simple Paper Clip.”

Find out more here.

Did the Holocaust Exist?

The answer seems obvious, but a scary number of people say “no” or “not even aware”.

“The Anti-Defamation League released an interesting, thought-provoking report recently on anti-Semitic views around the world. It was based on answers to 11 questions posed to tens of thousands of people in nearly 100 countries.”

Read more about this on U.S News and World Report.


“…A deceptively simple documentary about tolerance and understanding—more specifically, teaching secondary school students in a small, rural, homogeneous community in Tennessee about history. Whitwell is a Christian town of 1,600, some 25 miles from Chattanooga with no Jews, five blacks, and one Hispanic.”

Michael Kammen of the American Historical Association reviews and discuss PAPER CLIPS from a historical and educational perspective.


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