Hana's Suitcase Anniversary Album

Hana's Suitcase Anniversary Album


By Karen Levine


On the 10th anniversary of the publication of Hana's Suitcase, the beloved story now in a new book with over 60 pages of added materials.

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 that included an empty suitcase marked “Hana Brady, May 16, 1931, Orphan”. Fumiko and the children at the centre decided 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 that the world took into its heart.

The response since Hana’s Suitcase was published in the spring of 2002 has been overwhelming. Hana’s story has spread across the globe. It was on the bestseller list more than a year. It’s been translated into dozens of languages, honoured with numerous awards, adapted for the stage, and transformed into several films. The United Nations uses it in over 100 outposts, Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote a foreword, and Michelle Obama was presented with a copy during an official visit to Prague. This new book includes the original story, plus: 
•    Commemorative letters from Karen, Fumiko, and George
•    Reaction from readers around the world
•    Letters and art from children
•    Photographs of events and ceremonies
•    Scenes from the play adaptation
•    Posters from the staging of the play in over ten countries
•    Awards and Tributes – lists, emblems, photos, and quotable quotes from juries and the media
•    Covers from the international editions
•    Images from the documentary film and much more.

A Holocaust Remembrance Book for Young Readers

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About the Author

Karen Levine is a prizewinning producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Karen has won awards for her CBC radio work, including two Peabody Awards - the Oscars of radio. She originally produced Hana’s Suitcase as a radio documentary before writing the book. Though she travels widely to talk about Hana's Suitcase, she makes her home in Toronto with her partner and her son.

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Product Information

  • Release: April 19, 2012

  • $24.95 Hardcover

  • 176 Pages

  • 7.5 x 9

  • Juvenile Nonfiction

  • Ages 9-13 / Grades 6-8

  • Guided Reading: Y

  • ISBN: 9781926920368


  • Character Education

  • > Prejudice & Tolerance

  • Language Arts
    > Biography

  • History & Social Studies
    > War & Conflict
    > Social Justice

  • Holocaust Studies


Awards for Hana's Suitcase Anniversary Album

  • Named one of VOYA Magazine's "Perfect 10" books for 2013

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre's "Best Books for Kids and Teens" - Fall 2012

Praise for Hana's Suitcase Anniversary Album

"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." - Association of Jewish Libraries' Reviews

"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." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"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." -Jocelyn Arrazola, special to The National Post

"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." - Resource Links

"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." - Canadian Teacher Magazine