Six Million Paper Clips

The Making of a Children's Holocaust Memorial

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 7
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

The true story of students who helped quantify the horrors of the Holocaust

At a middle school in a small, all white, all Protestant town in Tennessee, a special after-school class was started to teach the kids about the Holocaust, and the importance of tolerance. The students had a hard time imagining what six million was (the number of Jews the Nazis killed), so they decided to collect six million paperclips, a symbol used by the Norwegians to show solidarity with their Jewish neighbors during World War II. German journalists Dagmar and Peter Schroeder, whose involvement brought the project international attention, tell the dramatic story of how the Paper Clip Project grew, culminating in the creation of The Children’s Holocaust Memorial.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction
Copyright 2005
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2005-01-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF025090, JNF049110
Dewey 940.53'18'071276879
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8.375 x 9
ATOS Reading Level 4.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 103867
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Awards and Reviewed


  • Association of Jewish Libraries Notable Children's Books of Jewish Content, Winner, 2005
  • SSLI Book Award Best Book, Winner, 2005
  • Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable, Commended, 2005


Chicago Jewish Star

" . . . lessons from Holocaust Paper Clip Project reach far beyond Tennessee School . . . "
Chicago Jewish Star

Chicago Jewish Star

" . . . a moving, inspiring story, with much to teach youngsters, not only about the Holocaust itself, but about how individuals can make a difference . . . "
Chicago Jewish Star

Chicago Jewish Star

" . . . a unique project to memorialize the Shoah."
Chicago Jewish Star