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"Paper Clips" shines light on Holocaust horror

Published January 23, 2012 8:16 am

Free screening • Documentary will play at the Wagner Jewish Community Center
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Collecting 6 million paper clips is quite a feat. And when each one represents one of the people killed in the Holocaust, it's something worth pondering.

The 2004 documentary "Paper Clips," which chronicles a school project-turned-Holocaust memorial in a rural Tennessee middle school, will be screened for free on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at Salt Lake City's IJ & Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center.

The paper-clip project began when the middle schoolers in Whitwell, Tenn. (population 1,600) struggled to understand the concept of 6 million murders. The paper clip collection was a way to understand the sheer numbers, and that led to the kids — not one of whom was Jewish — meeting Holocaust survivors from around the world, an experience that changed them and their community. —

"Paper Clips"

What: Documentary screening

When: Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m.

Where: IJ & Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center, 2 N. Medical Drive, Salt Lake City

Admission: Free