Exit 155 on I-24. Take Hwy. 28 North to the second red light (the second light is approximately 11 miles from the first). Turn left at 2nd light onto Valley View Hwy. Go approximately 2 1/2 miles. Turn left onto Butterfly Lane and enter gate to Whitwell Middle School.
The Memorial contains 11 million paper clips (collected by children in honor of Holocaust victims) housed in an authentic German transport car honoring the lives of all people murdered by the Nazis. And eleven million other paper clips are contained in a monument honoring the children of Terezin. Eighteen (for chai-Hebrew for life) butterflies (the Christian symbol of renewal) enhance the grounds around the rail car. The students, staff, and community of Whitwell Middle School have transformed the car from a death car into a symbol of renewed life honoring the lives of those murdered by the Nazis. For generations of Whitwell students, a paper clip will never again be just a paper clip. Instead, the paper clip is a reminder of the importance of perseverance, empathy, tolerance, and understanding.
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