Six Million Paper Clips: The Making of a Children's Holocaust Memorial
Six Million Paper Clips: The Making of a Children's Holocaust Memorial

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Annotation: Chronicles a small town's efforts to teach diversity as a class project which evolved into a memorial to the six million Jewish lives lost during the Holocaust by collecting six million paper clips like those worn by WWII Norwegians in protest against the persecution of Jews.
Genre: World history
Catalog Number: #272904
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Kar-Ben
Copyright Date: 2004
Edition Date: 2004
Pages: 64 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-580-13176-X Perma-Bound: 0-605-37305-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-580-13176-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-37305-1
Dewey: 940.53
LCCN: 2004019598
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In rural Whitwell, Tennessee, all 1,600 residents are alike, white, Anglo-Saxon, and Protestant. When the community middle school decided to teach diversity by focusing on the Holocaust, the students did not believe that the Nazis had killed six million Jews and five million others. To help them grasp the numbers, they collected 11 million paper clips, which they placed in a memorial made from a German World War II railcar. The paper clip image may seem trivial to some, and the authors don't deal with present-day racism and intolerance, with the exception of one student talking about being inspired to stop bullying. But the story of the memorial project, which reached out across the world, is interwoven with facts about the genocide, and the book's open design, with lots of color photos of contemporary kids and adults involved in building the memorial, will introduce the Holocaust to those who know nothing about it. This may also get students talking.
Horn Book
With help from around the world, middle school students from Whitwell, Tennessee, collected almost thirty million paper clips, created a Holocaust memorial, and learned how to educate others about intolerance. The book describes each step of the project (sometimes in too much detail) through narrative and captioned photographs and may inspire readers to undertake their own community projects. Ind.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-With clear and concise language, color photographs, and an attractive layout, this book tells the inspiring and touching story of the teachers, students, and community of Whitwell Middle School in Tennessee, and their quest to understand and teach about the Holocaust. The authors, White House correspondents for a group of German newspapers, helped the school publicize the project to collect six million paper clips to show just how many people were murdered and obtained a German railcar to house them. The book includes a lot of quotes and behind-the-scenes information. Footnotes help to define unfamiliar terms. While the book mentions The Diary of Anne Frank, Livia Bitton-Jackson's I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust (S & S, 1997), and Hana Volavkova's I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children's Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp 1942-1944 (Schocken, 1993), there is no list for further reading. Regardless, Schroeder and Schroeder-Hildebrand's title will be a helpful and accessible resource for Holocaust educators and students, as well as independent readers. It is also a wonderful companion to the documentary film Paper Clips.-Rachel Kamin, Temple Israel Libraries & Media Center, West Bloomfield, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Word Count: 7,635
Reading Level: 5.9
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.9 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 103867 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.6 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q56568
Lexile: 870L

At a middle school in a small, all white, all Protestant town in Tennessee, a special after-school class was started to teach the kids about the Holocaust, and the importance of tolerance. The students had a hard time imagining what six million was (the number of Jews the Nazis killed), so they decided to collect six million paperclips, a symbol used by the Norwegians to show solidarity with their Jewish neighbors during World War II. German journalists Dagmar and Peter Schroeder, whose involvement brought the project international attention, tell the dramatic story of how the Paper Clip Project grew, culminating in the creation of The Children's Holocaust Memorial.

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