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Paper Clips Project founder to speak Feb. 2

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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 1 2012 5:00 a.m. MST

Film follows collection of 6 million clips to demonstrate Holocaust's toll.

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Linda Hooper, the school principal that inspired the Paper Clips Project, will be visiting Park City on Feb. 2 and will be hosted by the United Jewish Federation of Utah.

Hooper is scheduled to speak to the the Ben Gurion Society, the McGillis School in Salt Lake City and Treasure Mountain Middle School in Park City, according to a news release from the United Jewish Federation of Utah.

Hooper was principal of Whitewell Middle School in Tennesse in 1998 and they started collecting paperclips to understand and commemorate the lost lives of the 6 million Jews and 5 million others during World War II. Because Norwegians invented the paper clip and used it as a symbol of solidarity against the Nazis, the Whitwell students started collecting them to help visualize such vast numbers of victims.

As word spread online and in the media, paper clips poured in from around the world, 11 million of which are enshrined in an authentic German railcar standing in the schoolyard. The project then inspired the award-winning documentary film "Paper Clips."

Recently the United Jewish Federation hosted screenings of the documentary on the Paper Clip Project and continues to support education for Utah school teachers teaching the Holocaust and tolerance as well as bringing the Anne Frank Exhibit to Utah in 2010.

Recently the United Jewish Federation hosted screenings of the documentary on the Paper Clip Project and continues to support education for Utah school teachers teaching the Holocaust and tolerance as well as bringing the Anne Frank Exhibit to Utah in 2010.

For information about Hooper's events, see www.shalomutah.org .

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