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Children's Holocaust Memorial

Address: 1 Butterfly Lane, Whitwell, TN
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Type: Historical & heritage tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Type: Historical & heritage tours, Sightseeing Tours
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sarasota Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

we have been meaning to go to whitwell ever since we saw the documentary Paper Clips. I am so glad we finally did. what an experience to stand in the car where jewish prisioners had stood to be transported to the concentration camps. and to hear the story again about how this all came about. seeing the mementos that people... More 

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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Children can very often accomplish what their parents cannot. The children of Whitwell, TN, Middle School completed a project to study the Holocaust by collecting 11 million paper clips representing those slaughtered during WW2. They wrote to many noted people around the world asking them for paper clips. To date they received more than 30 million! They also saved all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Such a moving museum/ memorial to the Holocaust. This project was featured in the documentary "Paper Clip"Project. This community (with no Jewish populace) has created a beautiful Memorial. The school has a library full of gifts/artifacts from the Holocaust. They have saved all the correspondence good and bad received from around the world. The museum is housed in a rail... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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24 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

I have wanted to go here since I heard about it and I am so glad I did get the opportunity. The story of how the students participated in the creation of this memorial is remarkable and a wonderful tribute they will carry for the rest of their lives. The outpouring of support from across the world for the efforts... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

One of the reasons that made me choose the city -Chattanooga, on my Tennessee trip, was this project. It is literally in the middle of nowhere, in the town of Whitwell. Upon learning the subject of "Tolerance", the teacher had an idea to use the symbol of a paper clip- The norwegian silence protest against the Nazi occupation during World... More 

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Camp Hill
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144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

I saw the movie, The Paper Clip Project, a few years ago. Since then I have wanted to visit this holocaust memorial in a small Tennessee town. Be prepared to search for it because it is behind the new Middle School. We saw no signs for it. But the site is memorable. A German WWII era rail car has been... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Our family had watched the documentary Paper Clips and we wanted to see the train car for ourselves. It was amazing seeing it in person, being able to touch and smell the train car. Being inside of the memorial was hard. We imagined what it would have been like for the people who were crammed in the rail car. It... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

The railroad car is very interesting, and as I said, very moving. But the library inside the school (only open on Fridays, I think?) was incredible. Shelf after shelf filled with three ring binders of letters from all over the world, many from those whose parents were involved in the Holocaust, some from people who themselves were actually involved. A... More 

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