Hana's Suitcase: A True Story

Hana's Suitcase: A True Story

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Hana's Suitcase: A True Story by Karen Levine, Stephanie Wolfe

In March 2000, a suitcase arrived at a children’s Holocaust education center in Tokyo, Japan. On the outside, in white paint, were these words: Hana Brady, May 16, 1931, and Waisenkind – the German word for orphan.

Children who saw the suitcase on display were full of questions. Who was Hana Brady? What happened to her? They wanted Fumiko Ishioka, the center’s curator, to find the answers.

In a suspenseful journey, Fumiko searches for clues across Europe and North America. The mystery of the suitcase takes her back through seventy years, to a young Hana and her family, whose happy life in a small Czech town was turned upside down by the invasion of the Nazis.

“Like the very best of museum exhibits, Hana’s Suitcase shows how facts and objects can be put together to honour its subject in a very personal and loving way. Highly recommended.” – The Toronto Star

“Skillfully, and with great sensitivity, Levine weaves together the two stories, alternating that of a young life shattered in increments and that of Fumiko Ishioka’s relentless search for answers.” – The Globe and Mail

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423382300
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 04/20/2009
Series: Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.50(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 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 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.
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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)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I happened to see this on the CBC National this past week. I was very much overwhelmed by the story. We need to be exposed to more stories like this so that we can truly appreciate how very fortunate we are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hana's Suitcase is a sad yet remarkable story. It brings together three worlds, Hana's world, over a century ago in Czechoslovakia, George, in Canada modern times, and Fumiko, a woman in Japan at a Holocaust museum. This story has a way of capturing your mind and making you want to read it over and over, crying every time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hana's Suitcase is a remarkable yet sad story that I think everyone should read. This story brings together a suitcase in Japan, marked Hana Brady, May 16, 1931, and waisenkind, the German word for orphan, a Jewish girl, more than half a century ago in Czechoslovakia, and a man living in Toronto. This sad story has a touch to it that makes you want to read it over and over, although crying every time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A quite sad yet quite remarkable story of a Jewish girl in Czechoslovakia during the Holocaust. This story brings together the lost world of a young girl, and modern day in Japan and Canada. The reason these worlds come together is because of one suitcase sent to a museum in Japan and a determined woman who is set on finding out what ever happened to the young child, Hana Brady who owned the suitcase. I think this book is good for anyone who wants to know more about how life was turned upside-down during the second world war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hana's Suitcase is a remarkable yet sad story of a young jewish girl during the Holocaust. This story is very well told. I liked how it was Hana's life and then in Japan trying to figure out about her. I reccomend this story to children who ould like to know more about the Holocaust and how life was turned upside-down.