YOM HASHOAH – HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

APRIL 15, 2007 –4 pm

PRESENTING
LINDA HOOPER
Whitwell Middle School principal
who inspired the

PAPER CLIPS PROJECT

Dr. Lewis M. Duncan, President of Rollins College

Honorary Chairman

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida’s annual community wide observance of Yom HaShoah, the Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust, will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 4pm in the gymnasium of the Jewish Community Center, 851 North Maitland Avenue, Maitland. The program is open to the entire community with no admission charge.

The Yom HaShoah commemoration honors the memory of the six million Jews who perished during the 12-year reign of German Nazi terror.

Linda Hooper will share with the audience the moving story of how the students behind The Paper Clips Project responded to what had been to them a completely unfamiliar chapter in human history – the Holocaust. In 1998 the children of Tennessee’s Whitwell Middle School took on an

extraordinary project. The Paper Clips Project grew out of a sense that the students in the homogenous community weren’t learning about the lives and experiences of other groups.

Struggling to grasp the concept of six million Jewish Holocaust victims, the students decided collect six million paper clips to better understand the extent of this crime against humanity. This amazing project would change the students, their teachers, their families and the entire town forever…and eventually, open hearts and minds around the world as this remarkable story became an award winning film entitled Paper Clips.

In Linda Hooper’s words: “The Paper Clips Project has been an affirmation of my beliefs that education is absolutely essential to change; that evil must be constantly battled by education; that everyone must study the past so that we do not forget nor repeat our mistakes; and that there is a higher power guiding our destiny.”

Dr. Lewis M. Duncan, President of Rollins College is serving as Honorary Chairman.

Chair of the Yom HaShoah committee is Valerie Kahn. Also serving on the committee are: Ina Porth, Patricia Ambinder, Paul Hansman, Mitchell Bloomer, Patty DeYoung, Randye Falk, Danielle Feldman, Lisa Ferrigno, Velma Grasseler, Helen Greenspun, Dr. Philip Kalfin, Father Larry Lossing, Dr. Laurence Ruggiero, Pamela Kancher and Eva Ritt.

On display at the Holocaust Memorial Center, 851 North Maitland Avenue will be the exhibition Reflections of a Survivor artwork by Michael Smuss. Following the Yom HaShoah commemoration the Holocaust Memorial Center will be open to view the art and to visit the museum. The book Six Million Paper Clips: The Making of a Children’s Holocaust Memorial by Peter W. Schroeder and Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand (Kar-Ben Publishers 2004), as well as DVD copies of Paper Clips will be available for sale.

At the Yom HaShoah observance awards will be presented to the winners of the Center’s Annual Student Creative Arts Contest for students. The theme for this year’s contest is The Power of One. Last year over 900 students from the tri county area participated in the contest.

As a special incentive, copies of the book for classroom use will be distributed to teachers whose students participate in the 2007 Creative Arts contest.

The commemorative event also includes lighting of memorial candles and a musical performance. Valerie Kahn will sing the national anthems.

This program is supported through generous grants from the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, Darden Restaurants Foundation and Dr. Mitchell Shapiro Memorial Fund. This project is also funded by the United Arts of Central Florida. Inc, State of Florida, Department of State – Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.

The Holocaust Memorial Center is open from 9 am to 4 pm Monday – Thursday, 9 am to 1 pm on Friday and 1 pm to 4 pm on Sunday.

For information: 407-628-0555