Hana's Suitcase: A True Story

Hana's Suitcase: A True Story

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ISBN-13: 9781536626049
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 12/01/2016
Series: Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

About the Author

Karen Levine has won many awards for her work in radio, including two presigious Peabody Awards (Canada) - one for the documentary Children of the Holocaust. This book is based on Karen's CBC radio documentary, also called Hana's Suitcase, which appeared on The Sunday Edition (Canada)and which won the gold medal at the New York International Radio Festival.

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Hana's Suitcase 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about a young girl name, Hana Brady, who was born in May 16, 1931 in Nove Mesto, Czechoslovakia. Her family (dad, mom, her brother, George, and her) is Jewish. In March 1941 (spring), Hana¿s mother got arrested by Hitler¿s secret police (called Gestapo). That fall, all Jews had to wear a Star of David (a Jewish symbol) around when they¿re outside. A Nazi officer who is in charge of Nove Mesto says that Nove Mesto must be made Judenfrei (free of Jews). Hanna later stayed with her aunt and uncle because her parents got arrested, but Hanna and George could not do anything. She can¿t go to school, she can¿t play, and ECT because she is a Jew and same with her brother George. Hana got deported to Theresienstadt (Deportation Camp) in May 14, 1942. She was sent to Kinderheim L410 and her brother George was sent to L417. They are away from each other but they get to see each other for 2 hours a week. Hana and George found out that their grandma is at Theresienstadt too (close to where they are) and visited her as often as they could. Their grandma is ill, so after three months, their grandma was dead. The population of death increased day by day. On September 1944, George Brady got transport to Auschwitz and separated from Hana. Hana and the girls got transported to Auschwitz too¿

I would recommend this book because for my opinion, I like to learn about the Holocaust. After you read it, you learn to appreciate what you have and think about the people that have been sent to war or Auschwitz. This book teaches me bravery, loyalty, respect, compassion, and tolerance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book, it is so sad but at the same time it is so happy. At the end I almost cried for Hana. I loved how Fumiko was so persistent in getting the info about Hana and George.She would not take 'No' as an answer.
Cait86 on LibraryThing 4 months ago
Hana's Suitcase is the true story of a Children's Holocaust Museum in Tokyo that receives a suitcase from the Auschwitz Centre with the name Hana Brady stamped on it. The curator in Tokyo, Fumiko, has no idea who Hana was, but the children who visit the museum are fascinated by the suitcase. The German word for "orphan" is stamped on the outside, along with the date May 16, 1931. The children are surprised to discover that Jews their age were sent to concentration camps, separated from their parents, and often died. Fumiko goes on a journey to uncover Hana's story, to try to help the children in Tokyo understand the horrible things that happened during WWII.This book switches between Hana's life, and the life of Fumiko and the children she works with. The stories are woven together to show the link between past and present, and to demonstrate the lessons that can be learned through history. Hana's Suitcase is a children's book, aimed at 8-10 year-olds, but its subject is one to which anyone can relate. I think that the Holocaust is something that everyone should learn about, but it is difficult to find material for young children. This book is perfect for its age group - it doesn't skirt the issues, but it isn't graphic in content.This was a great little read - I don't want to call it enjoyable, because of its content, but it was definitely interesting and touching. If you have an interest in the Holocaust, then Hana's Suitcase is a book that I highly recommend.
cmcvittie on LibraryThing 4 months ago
Karen Levine tells the powerful story of how the curator of the Tokyo Holocaust Museum's children's program acquired a child's suitcase from Auschwitz and then, with the encouragement of a small group of children, traced the history of the owner - Hana Brady. Chapters alternate between Hana's life story and the story of how Fumiko Ishioka determinedly sought any information that would help her discover something about the mysterious "Hanna". The moving story of both Hana and the discovery of the links to her life allows children and adults to have a further understanding of the impact of the Holocaust. The inclusion of primary documents is an excellent introduction to the power of archival research. Well written and simply told, it should be in every elementary and middle school library.
ewyatt on LibraryThing 5 months ago
In alternating chapters, the stories of Hana Brady and the research about her done by Fumiko Ishioka are told. It is a really touching story. I had tears in my eyes at the end. When Hana's suitcase is on loan to the children's Holocaust education center in Tokyo, every effort is made to find the story of the girl who owned the suitcase and what happened to her during the Holocaust.
jenunes on LibraryThing 5 months ago
An engaging tale, Hana's Suitcase is a sweet story chronicalling the search by Fumiko Ishioka, a museum director in Japan, after making a promise to a group of school children that she would find out more about a suitcase put up for display. Her search takes her all over the world, from Japan to Europe to even Canada. And from that small suitcase with the word 'waisenkind', or orphan painted on the outside of it, we explore just how wide-ranging the effects of WWII were. This is one of the rare tales students will be able to read that truly encompasses a global perspective. Geared towards upper elementary or middle school, the story flows from page to page and before you know it, the ending is there and it truly makes you sit back and think.
anniecase on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Exactly what a non-fiction book should be: compelling, readable, informative and enlightening. This is the perfect introduction to the Holocaust for young readers, but it does so in a gentle way and in a creative way. I could not put this book down.
tgallant on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is an amazing story of Fumiko Ishoka¿s search to teach the children of Japan, another part of the war, to teach them tolerance and compassion. Fumiko is the curator for the Children¿s Holocaust Centre in Tokyo. She decides that she needs items for display and asks the Auschwitz Museum for items. The Museum sends her among other things, a child¿s suitcase. Written on the suitcase was ¿Hana Brady, May 16, 1931, Waisenkind (the German word for orphan).¿ Fumiko and the children within the holocaust centre became obsessed with finding out more about Hana Brady and what had happened to her.This book surprised me as I did not expect the origin of the museum to be Japan. They were fighting their own war at the time and had other issues to deal with. It was very impressive that a young woman could impact the young children so much that they would become as passionate as Fumiko. Throughout the book, the chapters switch back and forth between the search with Fumiko and Hana¿s life. The photograph¿s in the book make a major impact on the story. It is a wonderful story with a bittersweet ending. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone.
stornelli on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is the true story of young Hana Brady, her parents, and her older brother, George, and how their happy life in a small town was turned upside down by the invasion of the Nazis. A Japanese museum curator researching and setting up a Holocaust exhibit receives a suitcase and examines the contents, putting her in contact with a brother of the victim. The story switches back and forth between modern day Japan and WWII Nazi occupation of Eastern Europe. George, who survives Auschwitz, immigrates to Canada after the War and settles in Toronto. The story describes how he was found and contacted to pay a visit to the museum and share his sister¿s story.
jrbeach on LibraryThing 5 months ago
My rating is for the audio book. It deserved 5 stars because of the audio of actual CBC interviews with two of the major people in the book, and much fewer stars because the readers attempt at different accents was not successful ¿ the Japanese sounded exactly like the German. It was especially irritating when you heard the Japanese character's own voice in the CBC interview!
radical_rachel on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Hana's Suitcase is a story that spans many years.In early 2000 a suitcase arrived at a Holocaust education centre in Tokyo, Japan. The words written on the suitcase were this: Hanna Brady, May16, 1931 and Waisenkind (orphan). Wanting to know more a dedicated woman set out to uncover Hana's story. Hana's story is tragic but, valuable. It tells of the horrors of war, separation and tragedy.It teaches all of us who live today how lucky we are. A very powerful story for all who read it.Hana's Suitcase has won many awards including: the Canadian Library Association's Children's Book of the Year, Ontario Library Association's Silver Birch Award, Canadian Jewish Book Award, Association of Jewish Libraries Award for Best Children's Book of the Year, Ontario Library Association's Golden Oak Award and was also a nominee for the Governor General's Award
keatkin on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Hana's suitcase is truly a triumph on all fronts... rather a master-class in authentic inquiry and object literacy. The story is, in fact, really two stories in one - and the chapters alternate between Hana's childhood in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s and 40s, and Fumiko's work from the Tokyo Holocaust Education Center, beginning in early 2000. The author has made a conscious effort to make this difficult subject matter more accessible to young readers, delivering the content in very child-friendly prose. Even the font is a little larger, and the chapters are a little shorter. As well, the reproductions of primary source documents such as artifacts, letters, drawings, and personal family photographs, give readers an additional sense of intimacy and insight into the short life of Hana Brady. Students will quickly find themselves absorbed in the mystery of the little suitcase and the life of its owner.
bostonbibliophile on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Hana's Suitcase, by Karen Levine, published in 2007, is the true story of a young girl named Hana Brady, who was taken away by the Nazis as a small child along with her older brother George, and her suitcase, which through a chain of events ended up in Japan. It is also the story of a Japanese woman's efforts to find out about Hana- who she was and what happened to her. The book is incredibly moving. Illustrated with photographs of Hana and her family as well as the Holocaust center in Japan where her suitcase is found, Levine tells Hana's story in parallel with the story of the efforts to learn about her. This structure sets up two crushing waves of emotion that left me in tears by the end. It's bittersweet tragedy, told with beauty and sensitivity.
wmswarriors on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Hana¿s Suitcase was a very enjoyable book for many reasons. The first reason is the way that Hana and George¿s life used to be. I thought that it was fun to know how their lives were before they went to a concentration camp. Even though I got to learn about the happy times, the book was also very sad. Hana and her brother never saw their parents anywhere they went, and living at a camp was torture. I thought it this book was very informational, interesting, and sad.
LibrarysCat on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Hana¿s Suitcase is the story of one woman¿s successful attempts to bring the Holocaust alive for Japanese children. It is also the story of Czech Jew Hana Brady and her brother George, who survived the Holocaust without knowing his sister¿s final fate. Fumiko Ishioka, Director of the Tokyo Holocaust Education and Resource Center, wanted to have just one item from the Holocaust that Japanese children could touch and relate to ¿ so they would really understand the harsh reality of the Holocaust. Fumiko was given Hana¿s suitcase. On behalf of the Japanese children who visited the museum, Fumiko worked tirelessly to find out more about Hana. The book tells this story. It is a wonderful testament to the good people of this world who make a difference in the lives of children everywhere. And in some ways, Fumiko¿s quest reunited George with the memory of his sister.
Whisper1 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I begin by honestly saying this simply written book impacted me on a very deep level. Having recently finished The Reader by Bernhard Schlink, a novel of beauty and poignancy, I still carry the haunting memories of the character of Hana Schmitz, a woman who, as a prison guard at a small camp near Cracow, determined the fate of children sent to their death.As I read Hana's Suitcase, I couldn't help but think about the two Hana's -- one adult fictionalized character for a novel, yet based on real life situations, and the other Hana, a real life child who suffered at Auschwitz by the hands of powerful guards who held her fragile life in balance.In March of 2000 a tattered suitcase was sent from the Auschwitz Centre to the Children's Holocaust Education Center in Tokyo, Japan. Miraculously surviving 69 years, the suitcase bore the inscription Hanna Brady 625, May 16, 1931, Waisenkind.Fumiko Ishioka, the director of the Tokyo center, wisely used the suitcase as an instrument of learning for the students who visited. Soon, the students and Ishioka became obsessed with finding the pieces of the puzzle to the story of Hanna the "Waisenkind", a word meaning orphan in German.What they found and shared with others is a testimony to kindness, to goodness, to perseverance and to a wonderful story of hope that transcends the inhumanity of horror.In a simple and beautfiul style, Levine alternates the journey of Fumiko and her students with the journey of a lovely young woman from Nove Mesto Czechoslovakia whose only "fault" was that she happened to be Jewish at a time when Hitler was bent on exterminating her culture, her race and identity.This is a dramatic book filled with light that shines through the darkness.Highly recommended!
debnance on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A true story. A museum curator in Japan requested some items from Europe that had been possessions of Holocaust victims. She was sent a suitcase that belonged to a little girl. Some Japanese children were curious about the little girl and they began to see what they could find out about her. A sad yet lovely story.
srssrs on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a carefully crafted story of a Jewish Czech girl in the 1940s. The book evolved from a research project a holocaust museum in Japan was working on. The museum had requested some artifacts from Auschwitz, and one day a suitcase came in the mail from Europe. A group of young girls that were regular patrons of the museum desperately wanted to find out the story of "H. Brady" the name on the suitcase. One of the museum curators took on this project and that's how the book came about. It is the combined story of H. Brady and her life in Czechoslovakia prior to being arrested, and sent to a camp, and the search to uncover who H. Brady was. The book is written at an upper elementary level, but it's interest level is limitless. I've used it with drop level language arts students and advanced students too, all groups in between enjoyed the book. The book is about 100 pages, large print, primary source graphics and broken into short 2-3 page sections or chapters. It is engaging, and easy to read.
supertomato on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Hana's suitcase is a sad true story.I do not reccomend this book to people who can't read about sad storys.When i first read this book i felt so sorry for the Brady family one out of four survived.I wonder what happened to Hana's friend Ella.Did she die in the gas shower to?Who knows but this is a great book to read!!!!!!!!!!!!
mmpvppl on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Poignant story of a young girl's World War II experiences. I enjoyed hearing about the researcher and her efforts to discover who the suitcase belonged to and find the story behind it/her.
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iluvbks More than 1 year ago
Great book, great lesson taught and very interesting on how the book came to be.
JennGrrl More than 1 year ago
Yes, this is Hana's story, but it's also the story of Hana's brother, of Hana's family, and of a wonderful woman in Japan trying to spread Hana's story and share it with Japan, as well as the children in Japan that are striving to bring the story of the Holocaust and of Hana with other children. Great book for children. It not only tells the story of an individual child and her brother from the Holocaust, but it also tells the story of what determination and dedication can accomplish. The children and museum director in Japan kept getting turned away at every attempt to find Hana's story, but they never gave up, and ultimately ended up getting what they were looking for, and so much more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love learning about the past and the Holocaust, then this is the book for you! This book is about a girl named Hana Brady and her family. Hana and her family are a Jewish family. One day, after the Holocaust started her mother was taken away then, her dad. After her parents went to the concentration camps, her aunt and uncle took her in. Then one day her and her brother George were taken to a warehouse where they would be deported to children concentration camps. While that went on in 1939 in 2000 Fumica Ishioka was researching Hana because they had gotten some of her stuff from another museum. The most important item that Fumika received was a suitcase: Hana¿s suitcase. If you like that you¿ll surely find the book just fascinating. This book is Hana¿s Suitcase By: Karen Levine. It is a true story and for a hardcover book it is $15.95. This story takes place mainly in Japan, Canada, and Theresienstadt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hana¿s Suitcase By: Karen Levine How would you feel if you were a Jew in World War II? Well if you were in the same position as Hana Brady and her brother George you wouldn¿t be happy. Hana¿s Suitcase is a book to learn about all of the troubles that any Jew would go through. This book also tells about Fumiko Ishioka a lady who receives a girl¿s suitcase from the Auschwitz Museum with the word waisenkind the German word for orphan. How was the suitcase in modern day Japan connected to Hana Brady a Jewish girl in World War II? It turned out that the suitcase was Hanas. Now Fumiko was even more curious about Hana and her family. She asked museums everywhere to see if they had any information on Hana Brady or any relatives. She was always asked questions like how old was Hana and did she survive. What happened during Hanas life and was there any members of her family still alive? I¿ll let you find out. Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company Copy write: 2002 Price: $15.95 (hard cover)