The History Department have been working on a Paperclip Project for the last few years. Inspired by the documentary ‘Paperclips’ showing how a school in Whitwell, Tennessee, USA aimed to collect six million paperclips – one for each person killed in the Holocaust.


Students at Notre Dame decided to follow the example of Whitworth and aim to do the same by contacting businesses and celebrities etc asking for their help.

When completed the college hopes to have a permanent memorial.

Paperclips were invented by a Norwegian and were worn during World War 2 as a sign of resistance to Hitler and his occupation of Norway.

The point of collecting so many paperclips is to show just how many 6,000,000 is!

The following is an example of the letters that have been received by students after contacting a range of people throughout the country.