Hana’s Suitcase – Karen Levine

Hana’s Suitcase is two stories.  The story of a young Jewish girl living in Czeckoslovakia during World War II and the storyof Fumiko Ishioka, a young woman working at the Holocaust Education Center in Tokyo.  Part historical biography, part journalistic research story, the book moves between Fumiko’s search for Hana Brady and the life of Hana Brady. The ending is both predictable and heart-wrenching as well as surprising and heart-warming.  A wonderful piece of non-fiction.  Thematic ties to war, peace, genocide, history, WWII, family.  A companion piece for Zlata’s Diary, Parvana’s Journey and the Diary of Anne Frank. Karen Levine.

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