Monday, May 16, 2005

Paper Clips

We got a babysitter for the first time since coming to White Oak. So finally we can go out and have a fun time!!! Sort of. We went to see a documentary called PaperClips. It was about a school in a small town in Tenn. that was trying ti teach about porejudice, and they were talking about the Holacaust and the 6 million Jews who were killed. One of the kids asked the teacher what was 6 million, such a large number hard to comprehend. SO they decided to collect 6 million paper clips. It made national and even world news and they collected clips from all over the world, and most of them came with letters commererating family members or friends who were killed. (Natalie sent them a box of paper clips, but she didnt have an inspiring letter, she did not get mentioned in the film)
I was amazed by this film, and these 8th graders for teh work and dedication they put into this. They had never met a Jew, but the still dedicated their time to learning and remebering about the holacaust.
We didnt want to be to depressed, so went for pizza after, The place was basically closed, but they made us a pizza anyways. Such nice people at the Milky Way in Pittsburgh.


At 10:24 AM, Blogger Rolling hills of green said...

lucky you know the owner.
There are still some dedicated people in the world.

At 3:20 PM, Blogger menachem said...

how hard is it to get 6 million paper clips? it's not THAT many. i bet you any Staples has 6 million paper clips in the stockroom

At 4:01 PM, Blogger Just Shu said...

Rolling hills - the amazing thing was the owner wasnt even in, it was his partner, who i only recently know
mendy/menachem/david - they actaully got around 29 million, which is like 2 or 3 aples stores.

At 6:24 AM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

menachem, I hope you're being sarcastic, b/c it's actually very hard, and I heard it took the kids a very long time to collect all those paper clips. The point wasn't to make it easy and go and buy out an entire supply (which, I actually don't think they carry that many at a time), it was to collect them in ordinary way. I know of one school that tried to do the same thing with bottle caps, but it took them so long, they gave up. The point is 6 million is a huge number, menachem, and I don't think you've seen 6 million of anything in one place at one time.

At 3:34 PM, Blogger menachem said...

germs (on a toilet seat)
stars (at night, in the desert, when you're wearing night vision)
pixels (on my computer screen, right now)
grains of sand (getting biblical here, i know)

and they gave up doing bottle caps? i've probably drank 6 million bottles of coke alone in my lifetime so far...

At 11:05 PM, Blogger stillruleall said...

Menachem is either mendy or menachem, NOT david.
nothing is cooler then looking at stars with night vision. I spent hours doing that just hoping the bad guys wouldnt come then.

What do they do once they get the 6 million paper clips? I wonder how much space that takes up?

At 1:55 AM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Shu, they made a special display with the paper clips, right?

At 7:08 AM, Blogger Just Shu said...

David -One of menachems many names in david
Mendle - you cant se the 6 millions germs on youre toilet seat
OC- someone brought over a german boxcar that was used to transport Jews to the camps, and they put the clips in there. and made a memorial out of it

At 4:04 PM, Blogger menachem said...

jerkface: maybe on your toilet seat you can't see 6 million germs


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