Special showing of “Paper Clips” 4/23 at Greater Latrobe Senior High School, Yom HaShoah services 4/24 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Latrobe

A well-known movie creator will visit Westmoreland County as part of an interfaith programming effort for the upcoming Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. Joe Fab, who wrote, directed and produced the critically acclaimed “Paper Clips,” will be the keynote speaker in Yom HaShoah services being offered in the Latrobe area.

“An old cliché tells us that those who forget history are condemned to repeat it,” said Mark Kessler, spokesman for a planning group of nine different organizations. “With what he is going to discuss, it will make it hard to forget.”

“Paper Clips” is a documentary made in 2004 about a Tennessee middle school class that began researching the Holocaust when one student said the number six million, the number of Jews killed during the Holocaust, was impossible to fathom. Because the Norwegians wore paper clips in their lapels as a silent gesture for the victims, the class continued the gesture and sought the donation of six million paper clips as a tribute. By the end of the project, the students had collected 29 million paper clips.

Movie critic Roger Ebert called the film “straightforward, heartfelt and genuine . . . it plays more like a local news report, and we get the sense that the documentary, like the paper clip project, grows directly out of the good intentions of the people involved.”

“Paper Clips” will be shown at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23 in the auditorium at Greater Latrobe Senior High School, 131 High School Road, Latrobe. Joe Fab will highlight Yom HaShoah services at 7 p.m. Monday, April 24 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 331 Weldon St., Latrobe, Pa. Both events are free of charge to the public, however groups of 20 or more are asked to call ahead to Mark Kessler at 724-537-7723.

Programming is planned and offered by the Westmoreland Jewish Community Council of the United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh; B’nai B’rith Warren Roy Laufe, Unit #903; Greater Latrobe Ministerial Association; Greensburg Ministerium; Seton Hill University’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education; Congregation Beth Israel in Latrobe; Congregation Emmanuel Israel in Greensburg; the Greensburg-Jeannette NAACP and the Greensburg YWCA.