Hana's Suitcase on Stage by Karen LevineHana's Suitcase on Stage by Karen Levine

Hana's Suitcase on Stage

byKaren LevineContribution byEmil Sher

Paperback | February 27, 2006

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In the spring of 2000, Fumiko Ishioka, the curator of a small Holocaust education centre for children in Tokyo, received a very special shipment for an exhibit she was planning. She had asked the curators at the Auschwitz museum if she could borrow some artifacts connected to the experience of children at the camp. Among the items she received was an empty suitcase. From the moment she saw it, Fumiko was captivated by the writing on the outside that identified its owner – Hana Brady, May 16, 1931, Waisenkind (the German word for orphan). Children visiting the centre were full of questions. Who was Hana Brady? Where did she come from? What was she like? How did Hana become an orphan? What happened to her?Fueled by the children’s curiosity and her own need to know, Fumiko began a year of detective work, scouring the world for clues to the story of Hana Brady. Writer Karen Levine follows Fumiko in her search through history, from present-day Japan, Europe and North America back to 1938 Czechoslovakia and the young Hana Brady, a fun-loving child with a passion for ice skating. Together with Fumiko, we learn of Hana’s loving parents and older brother, George, and discover how the family’s happy life in a small town was turned upside down by the invasion of the Nazis.Based on an award-winning CBC documentary, Hana’s Suitcase takes the reader on an incredible journey full of mystery and memories, which come to life through the perspectives of Fumiko, Hana and later Hana’s brother, who now lives in Canada. Photographs and original wartime documents enhance this extraordinary story that bridges cultures, generations and time. Ideal for young readers aged 9 and up. This edition includes the original book as well as the full script of the play adaptation by Emil Sher. Hana’s Suitcase is part of the award-winning Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers.
Emil Sher’s works include stage plays, screenplays, radio dramas and essays. Following its world premiere at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre (Toronto), Emil’s adaptation of Hana’s Suitcase toured Canada twice, has been staged in St. Louis (U.S. premiere) Chicago, Lexington and Milwaukee and will be staged in Israel in 2010. In 2005, Emil cr...
Title:Hana's Suitcase on StageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:172 pages, 9 × 7.52 × 0.43 inPublished:February 27, 2006Publisher:Second Story PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:189718705X

ISBN - 13:9781897187050

Appropriate for ages: 9

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent jumping off point for Holocaust Education Emil Sher doesn't sugarcoat, but he does create a vital piece of drama suitable for young audiences.
Date published: 2016-11-19

Editorial Reviews

This volume will serve as one of the most effective teaching models for Holocaust curriculums available. - SLJ - 20070501