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Hana’s Suitcase: Karen Levine, February 3, 2016
My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊
Hana’s Suitcase is the remarkable true story of Hana Brady, a Jewish child who lived during the time of WWII; and Fumiko Ishioka, who learns it.
Split into two timestreams, Suitcase begins with Fumiko’s acquisition of a suitcase for her Holocaust museum in Tokyo. Spurred on by visitors, she sets out to find out more about its owner.
Alternating between Fumiko’s quest and Hanah’s story, we learn how the young Czechoslovakian and her brother lost their liberty, and their family, as the Nazis told hold.
The tragic story is poignantly juxtaposed with family photos of Hana in happier times, and drawings she produced during the War. Holding in your hands copies of a child’s work during the most horrendous period in history makes it all so devastatingly real.
Though not without its joyful moments, Hana’s Suitcase exists to share the story of a young girl who must never be forgotten. Not because she was special, but because she was not. Because she was just like you and me, until the Nazis destroyed everything they could, for no reason besides her heritage.
This moving account is so very important, and once read will never be forgotten.