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Film about Holocaust education now out on DVD

By LARRY ANKLEWICZ
Special to The CJN

TORONTO – The film Paper Clips is finally available on DVD.

The documentary was released by an American company called Hart Sharp Video, and I’m not sure if it’s easily available in Canada, although amazon.ca carries it and some video stores can obtain it, although they may have to bring it in from the United States.

The story behind Paper Clips is well known. A middle school in Whitwell, Tenn., was looking for a program to teach students about diversity and other cultures. The town was made up almost exclusively of white, Christian people, with very few African Americans and no Jews.

When David Smith, the school’s assistant principal, returned from a conference, he suggested that the children do a project about the Holocaust, and from that sprang a program that energized an entire community and became a beacon for many others to follow.