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Hana's Suitcase (Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers)

Hana's Suitcase (Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Levine
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"I have been deeply moved……….highly recommended" -- Rabbi Lionel Blue (BBC Radio)

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In March 2000, a suitcase arrived at a children's Holocaust education center in Tokyo, Japan from the Auschwitz museum in Germany. Fumiko Ishioka, the center's curator, was captivated by the writing on the outside that identified its owner: "Hana Brady, May 16, 1931, Waisenkind (the German word for orphan)." Children visiting the center were full of questions. Who was Hana Brady? Where did she come from? What was she like? What happened to her? Inspired by their curiosity and her own need to know, Fumiko began a year of detective work, scouring the world for clues. Her search led her from present-day Japan, Europe and North America back to 1938 Czechoslovakia to learn the story of Hana Brady, a fun-loving child with wonderful parents, a protective big brother, and a passion for ice skating, their happy life turned upside down by the invasion of the Nazis.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6878 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Second Story Press (1 Jan 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GR7E09M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,933 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For both children and adults 4 Jan 2009
By Kali
Hana's suitcase tells the story of Hana Brady and the suitcase with her name painted on it. One small piece of her life that she took with her on her final journey to the Gas Chambers of Auschwitz. Her story would remain untold if not for a Japanese Curator of a small Holocaust museum in Tokyo who after being sent the case to put on display, was compelled by her child students to try and find out what happened to the little girl who had owned the case originally.
Told in flashbacks, we learn about Hana Brady, her loving hard working parents and her older brother George, a middle class family living in Czechoslovakia who just happened to be Jewish. And because they were Jewish they were targeted by the Nazis, first the father was arrested, then the mother and finally the children were taken, and Hana who was then just 13 years old was killed upon her arrival at Auschwitz.
However her older brother George somehow survived the Holocaust and the determined museum curator tracked him down and George Brady, now a Canadian, was finally able to lay the memory of his little sister to rest.
In 2002 he went to Tokyo and met the curator and the many school children who saw in that simple piece of luggage the very essence of who his sister had been, Hana Brady, schoolgirl, artist, daughter, game player, sister, dreamer granddaughter and finally a victim of the Holocaust.
A moving book for all ages, short and simple, well worth a read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very touching 9 Sep 2008
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A suitcase belonging to a Hana Brady gets to the children's Holocaust education centre in Tokyo in the year 2000. It immediately propels students and teachers alike to find out more about this mysterious girl. Thanks to their invaluable work, they are able to retrace Hana's story. This book is the result of their search for the truth.

A clear, simple narrative delivers a vivid picture of what happened. It was touching to see the dedication and interest of the children and of Ms. Ishioka to find out as much information as possible with just a name to start with. Well done.

I believe that this book is also suitable to readers aged 12+.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating book and not just for children 13 Nov 2005
By joedz
I was given this book by a friend because I am Jewish and she thought I might like it. To be quite honest, I wasn't thrilled to read it as fun reading for me is fiction where I can disappear while reading. But I did as it wasn't very long and I figured if I read a little a day, I could finish it in a few days. I was wrong...I read it in one sitting. I loved the book. I loved the fact that in Japan they are learning about the Holocaust and I loved how determined Ms. Ishioka was to find out more about the Holocaust, Hana in particular, and teach it to Japanese children. This was a very different book than Anne Frank, which is an exceptional book, but it was nice to read something which shows a different way of telling the story. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read 10 July 2010
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I couldn't put this book down from the moment I opened the first page. Two and a half hours later, book finished, I surfaced! It is fascinating and gripping.
If you are interested in reading true life stories about holocaust victims, this book is a must. It is also inspirational in showing how to make the holocaust events meaningful
to a new generation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hanas suitcase 2 Jan 2010
Hana's Suitcase: A True Storyvery good service and value. I found the book very easy to settle in and read. It was amazing how everything was tracked down to find out about this little girl. a really good and easy read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding 16 May 2014
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I choose this review as I found this story fascinating a must read for young and old. Truly brilliant deserves all credit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Here's to Hana 5 Dec 2013
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I learned about the holocaust at school, I enjoyed reading this book for the second time. I just adore learning about Hanas story! No other holocaust tribute comes close, I have read it before and I will definitely read it again. The story maybe sad at times but as long as the holocaust is remembered, no book can ever be too sad.

Goodbye Hana Brady
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A simply written book aimed at young people
I didn't realise this was a book aimed at children when I picked it up. I read it anyway and it took about an hour. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Hilary.Cooper1
4.0 out of 5 stars An emotional read
Billed as a children's book. I thought this was an exceptional read that shared an emotional story of a jewish family's experience at the hands of the Germans during the war... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Practical Mum
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not the best. The book would be more suitable for children.
This book is written as if it was meant for children, learning about the Holocaust. It starts as one Japanese teacher organises an exhibition in Japan about the Holocaust and tries... Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2012 by viera
4.0 out of 5 stars useful book
Published on 5 Nov 2011 by luv dinos
5.0 out of 5 stars A young Japanese woman's quest for the story of the owner of a...
Fumiko Ishioka sets out to discover the identity of the owner of a suitcase which arrives at the Holocaust Museum in Tokyo. Read more
Published on 16 April 2011 by Deb
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but no great expectations
Picked up the book following my interest in the WW2 era.A fun read for people not well acquainted with the era I suppose ... Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2010 by Maroun H. Khoury
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