In the spring of 2000, Fumiko Ishioka, the curator of a small Holocaust education centre for children in Tokyo, received a shipment from the Auschwitz museum. Among the items she received was an empty suitcase with the words “Hana Brady, May 16, 1931, Orphan” written on it. Fumiko and the children at the centre took it upon themselves to find out what became of Hana. The heartbreaking story they uncovered of a brave young girl killed in the Holocaust and survived only by her brother, George, was captured in Karen Levine’s book, and became an icon in Canadian children’s publishing. The response since the book was first published has been overwhelming. This new edition is full of special features, including new photographs, letters, and an audio CD.
Hana’s Suitcase is a “Must Have” purchase for every Judaica library from small synagogues to seminaries and large universities. If you don’t have it, buy this new version. If you do already own it, the additional information here will increase its power for every reader. As a testament to what books can still do in the digital age, the investment is well worth it.
There are letters and comments from both parents and children. Some extracts are brief, but all reflect how much Hana’s story has resonated with them and how they take the lessons learned from it and apply them to their own lives.
This anniversary edition will be welcomed by many of the readers of the original as well as a whole new generation of readers who are just old enough to delve into its pages. Highly recommended.
I think people my age should read this book because it’s wonderful to see how an empty suitcase can give you a lot of information. You also learn a lot in the book, and people my age haven’t learned much about the Holocaust.
The 10th anniversary edition shows that Hana is teaching children, generations later and around the world, about justice and tolerance. The testimony from children about how they have been educated and moved to act in their own lives is an inspiration to keep teaching these positive values. “?... Highly Recommended
Like the original edition, the Anniversary Album is attractively produced, clearly laid out and well illustrated. I hope that the relevance of Hana’s story will continue to resonate for many years to come. Reading this volume will certainly show people something of its impact over the past ten years.
Hana has a lesson to teach in every classroom, on every playground, in every school. Ten years later, we hope that it is still happening [...] It is a legacy never to be forgotten.
As a parent of children who have been deeply moved by reading the original version of this work, I can immediately see its immense value for educators.