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.