Hana's Suitcase

Hana's Suitcase

A True Story

Book - 2002
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In March 2000, a suitcase arrived at a children's Holocaust education center in Tokyo, Japan from the Auschwitz museum in Germany. Fumiko Ishioka, the center's curator, was captivated by the writing on the outside that identified its owner: "Hana Brady, May 16, 1931, Waisenkind (the German word for orphan)." Children visiting the center were full of questions. Who was Hana Brady? Where did she come from? What was she like? What happened to her? Inspired by their curiosity and her own need to know, Fumiko began a year of detective work, scouring the world for clues. Her search led her from present-day Japan, Europe and North America back to 1938 Czechoslovakia to learn the story of Hana Brady, a fun-loving child with wonderful parents, a protective big brother, and a passion for ice skating, their happy life turned upside down by the invasion of the Nazis.
Publisher: Toronto : Second Story Press, c2002.
ISBN: 9781896764559
189676455X
Characteristics: vii, 111 p. :,ill. --
Alternative Title: Sunday edition (Radio program)

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Igulshan
Feb 26, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read it to my daughter and she liked it too. This is a wonderful book for children to learn about the Holocaust.

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Dhammikaj
Feb 23, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it is very close to home because of George Brady who lives in Toronto now. This is good for kids to learn about values of being a human being and respect everyone else around us.

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gracemckenna
Oct 02, 2016

This book was really good and eye opening into what really happened and the story behind one suitcase. It is very sad in some parts though

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KATEMCW
Oct 01, 2016

An engaging book about how one girl's death during the Holocaust continues to have an impact on children all over the world even to this day.

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lyndseybarker10
Aug 15, 2016

A great reminder that every individual lost was so unique and shouldn't be forgotten.

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lyndseybarker10
Aug 15, 2016

A wonderful story. Even though she died young she wasn't forgotten.

Omg its like so sad made me so sad. I wish everyone would just get along and be friends so there wouldn't be wars.

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zabdu
Apr 03, 2014

This is one of the best books i've ever read!!!! It definitely captures the difficulties and all the struggles from the Holocaust... it's just a book you have to read. No words will help explain except for those in the book written by Karen Levine. I am so glad that i chose this book for a book report in school, inspiring, beautiful, meaningful and everything else! A short but amazing novel that I say everyone should read at least once in their lives. Something very important to learn about and raise awareness like Fumiko Ishioka did.

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britprincess1
May 02, 2013

In essence, Hana's Suitcase is two stories: the first of Fumiko, a Japanese woman in the year 2000, working to bring the Holocaust to children in Japan who would never learn of it otherwise; the second of Hana and her family, the Bradys, and how their life in Nove Mesto is brought tumbling down once the Nazis invade. It is very much an introductory book for young children, not one that will offer anything new to those eleven up. It puts a human face on one of the largest genocides in history and explains every term (concentration camp, Kristallnacht, etc.) in sufficient detail for a beginner's understanding. It will be fascinating and terrifying to a newbie, but for anyone already familiar with the Shoah, it won't even register; it may even seem dull and dry in contrast to the great works of art composed since to memorialize the experiences of those victims involved. For someone who has never heard of the Holocaust, I would recommend this book, but for the majority of people who are fully aware of its horrors, I'd suggest you skip it.

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Bella02411
Feb 22, 2013

It's such a sad story she was going get sent to the gas chambers

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britprincess1
May 02, 2013

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Twoey Gray
Oct 14, 2008

Hana Brady and family are Jews living in a dangerous place during the Holocaust. The struggle with separation, grief, and fear of the unknown all while they know that their days are numbered. Young Hana must be brave and take responsibilty in order to cling to the remainging fragments of her crumbling family.

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