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Hana's Suitcase Paperback – January 1, 2003
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- Grade level : 5 - 8
- Item Weight : 11.5 ounces
- Paperback : 120 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780807531471
- ISBN-13 : 978-0807531471
- Dimensions : 7.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Reading level : 10 - 14 years
- Publisher : Albert Whitman & Company; Reprint edition (January 1, 2003)
- ASIN : 0807531472
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,866,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In 1999, a Children’s Forum was held in Japan. Holocaust survivor Yaffa Eliach met with two hundred students in the Tokyo area at the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center. After telling her story, the students studied the artifacts and were then challenged to spread the word about the Holocaust. They did this. The suitcase marked with Hana’s name was especially interesting to them and they wanted to know more about Hana. Research began.
The research they did paid off. They got the background, including pictures they drew of Hana and sent them to her brother George. George was not expecting something like this. He had felt guilty for not being able to protect his little sister, now she was being remembered and he was being honored. He had been liberated at the age of seventeen. He returned to his hometown to find an aunt, uncle and cousin as well as the news that his parents died and that Hana had been killed upon arrival at Auschwitz. George had photograph album and, in his letter back to the children in Japan, he included some pictures of Hana for them.
The book is fairly short but is packed with information. In the back are suggestions for future reading and projects.
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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+.
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.
Goodbye Hana Brady