The story of the Paper Clip Project, conducted by the Whitwell Tennessee Middle School, which studied the Holocaust as a historical reality and as an enduring reminder of the burden of intolerance and the gift of diversity. Taking as their totem the paper clip, the Norwegian symbol of resistance to Nazism, the school collected and solicitied paper clips signifying the Holocaust deathtoll. The Project received national and international media coverage, included the visit and presentations by Holocaust survivors, the importation of a railcar from Germany used to transport victims to concentration camps, and the eventual foundation of a Holocaust museum in Whitwell, with the railcar housing the collected paper clips and additional memorabilia from the period. The second DVD includes bonus scenes, interviews, and additional material. Awarded honors as a film by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures (1 of top 5 documentaries), the 2004 International Film Festival (Audience award, best documentary), and the 2004 Rome International Film Festival (Audience award, best overall film). "2-Disc special edition"--Spine and front cover.
Struggling to grasp the concept of 6 million Holocaust victims, the students at Whitwell Middle School in rural Tennessee decide to collect 6 million paper clips to better understand the extent of this crime against humanity. Because Norwegians invented the paper clip and used it as a symbol of solidarity against the Nazis, students started collecting them to help visualize such vast numbers of victims. As word spread online and in the media, paper clips poured in from around the world, 11 million of which are enshrined in an authentic German railcar standing in the schoolyard.