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Hana's Suitcase
Produced by: Karen Levine
At the Children's Holocaust Education Center in Tokyo, children - flocks of them - come to see a suitcase, sitting in a glass case. The owner of the suitcase was Hana Brady. She died in Auschwitz in 1944 at age 13. The museum acquired the suitcase a few years ago and since then the director, Fumiko Ishioka, has made it her mission to find out more about Hana. Her search leads to George Brady, Hana's older brother. This program comes to us from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and airs as part of the international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.

Program Credits

Hana's Suitcase was produced by Karen Levine (luh-VEEN) of the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. The story was told by museum director Fumiko Ishioka, and George Brady, Hana's older brother. This program originally aired as part of the international documentary exchange collaboration, Crossing Boundaries.


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