It's a story of two people on opposite sides of the planet, with nothing
in common, brought together by a suitcase. A suitcase belonging to Hana
Brady, a young girl from Czechoslovakia -- one of millions of victims
of the Holocaust.
Hana's Suitcase" was a story originally told on CBC Radio by producer
Karen Levine. She turned the story into a book, which has been
translated into forty languages. Then it became a stage play, of the
same title, written by Emil Sher. And tonight, a new film by Larry
Weinstein entitled "Inside Hana's Suitcase" will be presented at the Hot
Docs Film Festival in Toronto. The documentary follows Hana's older
brother George Brady, who escaped death and the Nazis, and built a life
for himself here in Canada. It follows Fumiko Ishioka, the Director of
the Holocaust Education Resource Centre in Tokyo, Japan. And it relates
what happened after Fumiko contacted George to tell him that she had a
precious piece of luggage.
George Brady and Fumiko Ishioka are both in Toronto for the Hot Docs film festival, and they joined us in our studio.
Listen to Carol Off's interview with George Brady and Fumiko (originally aired on April 30, 2009).
Japan Holocaust Education Resource Center
Hot Docs Festival
Memorial and Museum Auschwitz - Birkenau