Hana's Suitcase

Hana's Suitcase

A True Story

Book - 2003
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A biography of a Czech girl who died in the Holocaust, told in alternating chapters with an account of how the curator of a Japanese Holocaust center learned about her life after Hana's suitcase was sent to her.
Publisher: Morton Grove, Ill. : Albert Whitman, 2003 (Printed in the United States of America)
ISBN: 9781101933497
Branch Call Number: j 940.5318 L6656h 2003
Characteristics: vii, 111 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Albert Whitman & Company - Publisher


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this was a great book! it was soo sad it made me cry!

Oct 25, 2017

A great educational tool for younger children to learn about the history of the Holocaust.

Oct 15, 2017

This was a good introduction For my kids to the Holocaust. We also borrowed the audio book to listen and read along. There are present day elements as well.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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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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