Inside Hana’s Suitecase, Feb 20 (Sat) 5-7:30pm at DePaul University

DePaul University Japanese Studies Program presents a special screening of
Inside Hana’s Suitcase
followed by a Q &A A session with special guest, Ms. Fumiko Ishioka

Saturday, February 20
5:00-7:30 p.m.

Arthur J. Schmitt Academic Center (SAC) #154
2320 N. Kenmore Ave. Chicago, IL 60614
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
Free Admission, No RSVP required



The delivery of a battered suitcase to Fumiko Ishioka at the Tokyo Holocaust Museum begins the true-life mystery that became the subject of Karen Levine’s best-selling book Hana’s Suitcase. The suitcase came from the Auschwitz Museum and had Hana Brady’s name painted on it. Larry Weinstein’s masterful film follows Fumiko’s search to discover the details of Hana’s life, which leads to the discovery of her brother George in Toronto. As small children they had been sent to Thereisenstadt for being Jewish after the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939. The voices of children from Japan, Canada, and the Czech Republic telling Hana’s story are woven around the drama, along with George’s memories and Fumiko’s quest, to create a film of astonishing power and hope.

Film Details:

Country of Origin: Canada/Japan/Czech Republic
Original Languages: English /Japanese/Czech
Running Time: 90 minutes
Cast: George Brady, Laura Brady, Fumiko Ishioka
Directors: Larry Weinstein

Web Links:
Book in English:

Book in Japanese:

Comic Book in Japanese:

Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center (Ms. Fumiko Ishioka):

Hana’s Suitcase WEB:

Menemsha Films (US distributor) :

Nobuko Chikamatsu-Chandler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dept. of Modern Languages, Japanese Studies Program
DePaul University
802 West Belden Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 325 1868 (direct)
(773) 325 7320 (dept. office)
(773) 325 7303 (fax) <>

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