Based on an award-winning CBC documentary, Hana's Suitcase takes the reader on an The book has been adapted as a play by Emil Sher and made into a. Start by marking “Hana's Suitcase: A True Story” as Want to Read: In , a suitcase arrived at a children's Holocaust education center in Tokyo, Japan, marked "Hana Brady, May 16, " Filled with photographs and detailed text, Hana's Suitcase is definitely worth reading. Hana's Suitcase (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award ( Awards)) [Karen Author interviews, book reviews, editors' picks, and more.

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Hana's Suitcase [Karen Levine (author)] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Author interviews, book reviews, editors' picks, and more. Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levine. Read an Excerpt. download. Look Inside. Read an Excerpt. download. Hana's Suitcase . Book Recommendations | Staff Picks: Robert. Here's a book that will break your heart. In , when Fumiko Ishioka, Director of the Tokyo Holocaust Center, acquired the suitcase of a Jewish child who was.

Levine expands on her radio documentary, produced for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, for this unique approach to learning about the Holocaust. The author alternates between two chronicles, the first set in contemporary Tokyo, where a dozen children between the ages of eight and 18 form a club at a center for Holocaust education run by Fumiko Ishioka, and the other in s Czechoslovakia, where young Hana Brady is enjoying a happy childhood. Fumiko obtains for the club some children's artifacts from Auschwitz, including a suitcase marked with Hana's name. She then attempts to find out everything she can about Hana. Levine cross-cuts to the tragedies that befall Hana and her brother, but does not let readers anguish; she interposes exciting accounts of Fumiko's detective work and the sense of accomplishment it brings to the club. The engrossing account of Fumiko's research offsets the author's flat prose and occasionally questionable methodology e. In an introduction, Levine promises that the suitcase contains "terrible sadness and great joy. Ages View Full Version of PW. download this book. Apple Books. Reviewed on: Show other formats.

Fumiko let him know about Hana's suitcase, and George's recounting of his memories became the basis of the story of Hana's life, retold so movingly here.

His surviving photos of Hana and the family, included in the book, chronicle their lives before the war. Levine put the book together as the result of a radio documentary she wrote and produced for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Gold, Alison Leslie. Memories of Anne Frank: Reflections of a Childhood Friend. Scholastic, Levine, Karen, and Emil Sher. Hana's Suitcase on Stage. Second Story Press, Inedependent Bookstore Finder. First Name.

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The Germans and their collaborators murdered more than one and one-half million Jewish children during the Holocaust. For those who remained alive, the ruthlessness of Nazi rule and the barbarities of war forced many to mature beyond their years.

Many children took on responsibilities that are normally associated with adults, such as providing food for, or working to support, their families.


They were forced to become the breadwinners when their parents were unable to properly care for them. They made difficult choices that often affected the future of their families, such as the decision to smuggle food, which could result in death.

Often, they had to struggle to live without any parental supervision at all. These are subjects often overlooked when teaching the Holocaust. Teaching about children during the Holocaust allows younger students to learn and empathize with people roughly their age, at a stage of life to which they can relate. Almost anything that is true of adults during the Holocaust was true of children as well — they, too, went into hiding; they, too, were forced to move into ghettos; they, too, were shipped in cattlecars to death camps; they, too, were humiliated, terrified, broken and somehow still hopeful; they, too, were sent to their deaths.

Sometimes teaching the stories of children — the stories of victims of the Holocaust who were young and vulnerable, and to whom children can relate — can provide teachers with a new approach. The Center, which was endowed by an anonymous Japanese donor, is dedicated to contributing to global tolerance and understanding.

Little did this donor know that his Center, and the mystery its director unraveled, would — like a pebble cast into a lake — create ripples far and wide across the world. Who was she?

Hana's Suitcase

Where did she come from? How did she become an orphan? What happened to her? The empty suitcase provides no clues. The children implore Fumiko to find out all she can about the girl who owned the suitcase — the only Holocaust artifact that the Center has that is actually linked to a name.

The children figure out that Hana Brady would have been about thirteen years old — close to their own ages — when she was sent to Auschwitz.