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Hana's Suitcase: A True Story

Magazine article NATE Classroom

Hana's Suitcase: A True Story

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Hana's Suitcase: A True Story

Karen Levine

Evans Brothers 2012

ISBN 9780237545352

5.99 [pounds sterling]

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The Holocaust is a subject which, of course, should be treated with the utmost sensitivity and respect. Hana's suitcase can sit comfortably next to other novels such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Once, to name some recent examples, which have managed to convey the incredible tragedy of the war atrocity through the innocence of a child's eyes. The difference here is that this is a story based squarely in fact. There was a Hana Brady and she lived and died under the gun of Hitler's brutal regime. I wanted a lot from Levine's narrative and I can safely say that I was not disappointed, as she has managed beautifully to encompass all of these complex and uncomfortable feelings and ideas into a 'true story' for children and adults alike.

The story follows Fumiko Ishioka, a director of a Holocaust museum in Japan. Fumiko's ambition is to build a Holocaust exhibition about Jewish children that tours around Japan. In order to do so, she requests artefacts from well-known Holocaust museums. Among the many artefacts she receives, there is one which catches her eye: Hana's suitcase. …

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