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Hana's Suitcase, the acclaimed children's book read by thousands of children around the world - In March 2000, a suitcase arrived at a children's Holocaust education center in Tokyo, Japan. 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? Fueled by their curiosity and her own need to know, Fumiko began a year of detective work, scouring the world for clues to the story of Hana Brady. Writer Karen Levine follows Fumiko in her search through history, from present-day Japan, Europe and North America back to 1938 Czechoslovakia and the young Hana Brady, a fun-loving child with a passion for ice skating. Together with Fumiko, we learn of Hana's loving parents and older brother, George, and discover how the family's happy life in a small town was turned upside down by the invasion of the Nazis.

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Hana's Suitcase
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Life of Hanna Brady
November 3rd, 2014
Very well written short story about a beautiful teacher, Hanna Brady.
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Life of Hanna Brady
November 3rd, 2014
Very well written short story about a beautiful teacher, Hanna Brady.
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Extremely moving story.
January 2nd, 2014
Both my 11 year old daughter and I were moved to tears reading Hana's story.
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December 1st, 2013
Just because this book is aimed at children, does not mean that certain facts need to be hidden and the book dumbed down for children to read. There are so many errors in this book, I am astounded that everyone is buying into all this crap. At no time is there any mention of the fact that Hana's REAL name was Hana Bradova. Brady is NOT a Czech name. It is an English name - specifically it is the name that Hana's brother George chose to use after he moved to Canada. So if the authors chose to use Hana Brady as her name throughout the book that's fine. BUT there should have been an accompanying statement saying that Hana's real name was Bradova and that the name of Brady was used to make things easier to understand (or to dumb down the readers). Also the documents shown were all clearly faked since no German (or Jew) would have ever claimed Hana and Georges name as being Brady during WW2. And yet there are 2 documents listed in the book, both with the name Brady. And then to top it all off - it turns out the suitcase is not even the REAL Hana's suitcase at all!!!! It is a fake suitcase. This fact was discovered by George's daughter. The real suitcase was destroyed in a fire in the UK in 1984. In 1997 when George and his daughter went to Auschwitz museum, they were given a photograph of Hana's suitcase. BUT that Photo has the name Hana Brady written on it. If George really had seen the suitcase back in 1942 when the children were sent to Theresienstadt camp, then he would have known that the real suitcase should have had the name Hana Bradova written on it. So why does George go along with all these lies? Then George's daughter Lara discovers that the suitcase that was sent to Japan, was NOT the same suitcase in the photo that George received in 1997. Since the real suitcase was destroyed n 1984, the Auschwitz museum have clearly created 2 fakes since then. The first fake was in the 1997 photo and the second fake was sent to japan in 2000. If there had been a statement at the front of this book stating why these changed were made, I would not be so up-in-arms about all this. But there is NO such statement - which means that these things are supposed to be hidden and not discovered. Now I do agre that Hana and her brother Geprge were sent to Theresienstadt camp, that George learned how to be a plumber and Hana drew some pictures. Except that these original pictures should have the name Hana Bradova written on them, not Hana Brady. I have no problems with George and Hana both being sent to Auschwitz in late 1944, and that george Survived and escaped on a death march in january 1945. I do however object to the statement that Hana was gassed on the day she arrived at Auschwitz. It is far more likely that she died of typhus or dysentery since with the poor food she had been eating in Theresienstadt for 2 whole years, she would have already been in poor health and a bout of dystentery or Typhus could easily have killed her. I give this 1 star for the story - but the lies means it wont get my approval.
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Great book!
August 16th, 2013
This is a great story to teach the children about the holocaust and about how bad hitler was and about the the that happened in the holocaust I would recommend this book to sixth seventh and eighth graders. It is a great book and I enjoyed reading it I think you would like to read this amazing story.
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