“What Does 6 Million Look Like?”

History Rocks

Nestled deep within the Appalachian Mountains of southeastern Tennessee is the hamlet of Whitwell. One hundred years ago it was a boom town for coal miners and bootleggers. Today it is a sleepy Southern town of maybe 2,000 people—mostly Caucasian and Protestant–and one of the most impoverished areas in the state. It is also home to one of the world’s most poignant memorials to the Holocaust victims of Nazi Germany: the Children’s Holocaust Memorial.

In 1998 Linda Hooper set up a project in hopes of teaching the students of Whitwell Middle School the meaning of tolerance and diversity due to the areas isolation and proximity to the home of the Ku Klux Klan. Working with educators Sandra Roberts and David Smith, they explained the Holocaust of World War II and its murder of six million Jews by the Nazis in Europe along with the persecution and annihilation of handicapped persons…

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