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Lit Circles - Primary: Hana's Suitcase

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Hana'sundefined Suitcase by Karen Levine

"Autumn brought with it a chill in the air as well as more restrictions, and hardships." This shows the start of all the restrictions that Hana, the Brady family and all jewish men and women had to go through.

 

In 2000, a suitcase arrived at a children's Holocaust education center in Tokyo, Japan, marked "Hana Brady, May 16, 1931." The center's curator searches for clues to young Hana and her family, whose happy life in a small Czech town was turned upside down by the invasion of the Nazis.  This is a true story.

GENRE: Biography

THEMES:

  • Perseverance
  • Love
  • Friendship
  • Holocaust

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Questions for your circle

  •  What happened during the Holocaust and how were people, especially children, affected? 
  • After the Nazi's came to power Hana and George were no longer allowed to do certain things - name at least three of these activities. 
  • What do you think was the function or the reason behind all these laws against the Jews? 
  • Identify one way that you would like someone to help you out if you were in Hana or Georgeís place in Theresienstadt. 
  • What would you recommend we do to see that no one is ever again treated as the Jewish people were treated by the Nazis? 
  • How important is it, in your opinion, for Fumiko to continue to teach us about the Holocaust? 

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