Teen Screen

An Educational Field Trip that Changes Attitudes – and Lives

Inside Hana’s Suitcase


Recommended for grades 6–8

90 minutes

Czech, English, and Japanese with subtitles

The arrival of Hana Brady’s battered suitcase to the director of the Holocaust Museum in Tokyo prompts the director and her students to uncover the details of Hana’s life. As small children, Hana and her brother, George, were sent to Theresienstadt for being Jewish after the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939. Children from Japan, Canada, and the Czech Republic, along with George Brady, who survived the Holocaust, describe Hana’s story, creating a film of astonishing power and hope.

Theme: Holocaust

Sub-Themes: Bullying, Children and Children’s Rights, Japanese culture, Persistence, Teamwork, Tolerance