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Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levine
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Mar 31, 2012

it was amazing
Read from March 30 to 31, 2012

As director of the Tokyo Holocaust Center, Fumiko Ishioka wanted to find a way to help make the immense tragedy of the Nazi genocide feel real to the Japanese children she was teaching. Through her efforts, she was able to secure the loan of a number of relics from various Holocaust museums, including a suitcase labeled with the name of an orphan, born in 1931, “Hana Brady”. This suitcase captured the imaginations of the children, so Ishioka found herself searching for more information about Hana and her fate. Her search would take her to Europe and would ultimately connect her to a survivor in Canada.

This book is both the story of that search and the story of Hana Brady, one of the millions of victims of the Nazi atrocities. Told in alternating chapters, the stories unfold in parallel, building to an inspiring conclusion. This book would provide an excellent introduction to the Holocaust for a young reader, because it not only describes the atrocities (in an age appropriate manner), but it also shows the importance of remembering and passing on these stories.
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