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Six Million Paper Clips
The Making of a Children's Holocaust Memorial
by Peter Schroeder and Dagmar Schroeder
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.
Recommended for ages eight to 12.
Paperback, 64 pages. Published by Lerner Publishing, 2005.