Review of Paper Clips
In the late 1990s some remarkable teachers at Whitwell Middle School in a very rural area of Tennessee decided
to identify a project to fight prejudice. They settled upon using the Holocaust as an example of bias and its
Eventually, they decided to collect paper clips to symbolize those who lost their lives during this historic
period. Eventually, they received over twenty-nine million paper clips as donations from around the world.
A remarkable Jewish couple helped them find a railroad car that had been used to transport victims to the
concentration camps. They brought that car to the school grounds from north of Berlin. They turned the car into a
memorial to holocaust victims.
They put a display in the old freight car consisting of six million paper clips representing the Jews and
another five million representing the other victims (homosexuals, gypsies and others) who were exterminated. I
found it remarkable that this school in rural Tennessee would think to memorialize gays among the victims. That,
obviously, is the reason that I decided to include this documentary in this website.
I intend to send a letter to the school to thank them for including gay victims in their thoughts. In case you
would like to do that, too, here is the address:
Paper Clip Project
Whitwell Middle School
1130 Main Street
Whitwell, TN 37397
Genre: Anti-prejudice themed documentary
Director: Elliot Berlin, Joe Fab
Availability: DVD and Instant Streaming
99Gay-Men.us Rating: ****