Dear Karen Levine,
How would you feel if your family was captured and their freedom was taken away? This happened to many Jewish families during the Holocaust. Your story, Hana's Suitcase opened me up to a world of experience about that time.
In the beginning Hana was a smiling, brave, and energetic little girl. She seemed like a perfect child. Her feeling happy made me feel happy too. I just wanted to stay with that feeling throughout the book.
Then things changed. Hana had to wear the Jew sticker and then her family was sent to a concentration camp. It was so sad but extremely interesting at the same time. It made me wonder what other people's lives were like during World War II.
Once I finished your book. I was inspired to find out more. I went to my local library and found other books about the Holocaust and World War II. There were lots and lots of books and hundreds of stories about people's experiences during that time. The stories about the children such as Anne Frank I found the most interesting. I wondered about what I would do if I were living in that time as a ten-year-old Jewish child. The stories make me realize how lucky I am to live in safety and freedom from persecution.
Karen, I am thankful your book inspired me to read further about the Holocaust and World War II. Whilst most of the stories are very sad and disturbing, there are some happy endings of children who lived and families that were re-united after many years apart. Reading your book opened up a whole new subject for me. I was horrified at how many people died or were murdered like poor Hana. But these stories need to be told and read by as many people as possible, so that the world never forgets what happened and the memories of the people involved can live on through books like yours.