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Address: 1 Butterfly Lane, Whitwell, TN
Phone Number: 423-658-5635
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Tolerance and Respect

This collection of over 30 million paperclips was started in 1998 as a way to help Whitwell Middle School students grasp the concept of the numbers of people exterminated. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
Geneva, Illinois
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Geneva, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This collection of over 30 million paperclips was started in 1998 as a way to help Whitwell Middle School students grasp the concept of the numbers of people exterminated. The rail car houses 11 million clips, one for each victim. The purpose of this Memorial is to demonstrate perseverance, empathy, tolerance and respect. When you are in eastern Tennessee, take... More 

Thank fsstil
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

The children of Whitwell Middle/Elementary School have something to be very proud of. A wonderful, informative library and genuine rail car that was used to transport the Jews to concentration camps. When you see the massive piles of millions of paper clips, it's unfathomable that each one represents a human life lost in the tragedy. The library holds some artifacts,... More 

Thank Katherine1954
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

There is nothing here that can hurt your physical being, but if you have a soul, you will not leave whole. This should absolutely bring you to tears or at least to a quiet place beyond them. The belief in humanity has no greater heros than the kids that gave tribute to the survivors by building this memorial.

Thank nabenom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The story behind this memorial is one that touches the heart, and was the subject of the documentary "Paper Clips." We are so glad that we took the time to visit here, and to see the results of the efforts of these children and their mentors. Whitwell is off the beaten path, but very well worth the extra time that... More 

2 Thank TxTrvlr88
Norcross, Georgia, United States
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

We had seen the paperclip movie, and heard the lead teacher on the project speak, so on a long weekend visit to Chattanooga we made the 25 minute drive. During the summer the school is closed and we picked up the key at Smith's grocery. There is a 15 to 20 minute audio recording in the railroad car that is... More 

2 Thank Marcia P
Augusta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

I drove several hours out of my way to come here. I've wanted to come since I learned the memorial was not terribly far from where I lived. I picked up the key at the grocery store. I nearly had a nervous breakdown when entering the car and listening to the audio. (My only complaint is that the audio tour... More 

2 Thank melsmarsh
Sarasota Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 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 

4 Thank MrsWife
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 

3 Thank Mark F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

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 

5 Thank David60898
Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 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 

5 Thank KarenTweetypie

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