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Hana's Suitcase: A True Story

by Karen Levine

Published by Albert Whitman, 2003
109 pages
ISBN: 0-8075-3148-0

Ages 9-14

Fumiko Ishioka was director of the recently established Tokyo Holocaust Center in 1998. In response to Fumiko's request for items to exhibit, the Center had received a small box of objects from Auschwitz that included a child's suitcase with the name Hana Brady and her birthdate: May 16, 1931. The suitcase inspired the curiosity and compassion of Fumiko and the children to whom she showed it. In alternating chapters two stories unfold. One is tender and ultimately tragic as it chronicles Hana's early life and what happened after the Nazi's invaded her homeland. The other is intriguing, and ultimately extraordinary, as it follows the efforts of Fumiko to uncover Hana's story over the course of two years when all she had was a name with which to start. Fumiko finally learns that Hana died at Auschwitz, but her older brother, George, survived the war and is still alive. 2003 Cooperative Children's Book Center

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