Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Yom HaShoah

By sunday- Holocuast remembrance day, i may forget to post this... but if you see me with a paper clip here is why:

Norwegians have proudly embraced their countryman, Johan Vaaler, as the true inventor. During the Nazi occupation of Norway in World War II, Norwegians made the paper clip a symbol of national unity. Prohibited from wearing buttons imprinted with the Norwegian king’s initials, they fastened paper clips to their lapels in a show of solidarity and opposition to the occupation. Wearing a paper clip was often reason enough for arrest.

Some students in 1998 did some research, and discovered that citizens of Norway, where the paper clip was invented, and the the norwegians wore paper clips on their lapels as a sign of patriotism and resistance against Nazi tyranny during the war years.

The students began a project collecting paper clips. We have been wearing paper clips for Yom HaShoah for so long, it seems funny that they began this project less than 10 yrs ago!


Whitwell students set up a Holocaust museum on school grounds with the help of two German reporters, Peter Schroeder and Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand. They took a railcar that had been used to transport prisoners to Nazi death camps and turned it into a small museum. "This is the only Holocaust memorial in the world dedicated, built and managed by children," says Roberts.
The Holocaust Project has collected 32.5 million paper clips from all 50 states and 40 countries. A documentary, Paper Clips, will opened in theaters around the U.S. november 2004.


Lesa said...

I LOVE that documentary! It was amazing!!

amanda cathleen said...

wow, I never knew paper clips had such a history. : )

Brooke said...

I love your blog. I always learn something new, or it reminds me of a forgotten lesson. I have a book, Don't Fence Me In, written by a Survivor. An amazing book. we have 2 autographed copies - both The Boy Child and The Girl Child had their book signed!!

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