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State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau donated Hana's Suitcase to Tokyo Holocaust Center, October 23, 2014

The State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau officially donated "Hana's suitcase" to the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center. We welcomed Ms. Agnieszka Sieradzka from the museum's Collections Department for the signing of the Agreement. 

It just so happened that it was the 70th anniversary of Hana Brady's death at Auschwitz. 

Next year it will be the 15th anniversary of the arrival of the suitcase in Tokyo, and we are aiming at visiting the 1000th school. 

We very much appreciate your support and understanding for our new journey to reach out to many more students!

Ms.Agnieszka Sieradzka from the Auschwitz museum and Fumiko Ishioka


Fumiko Ishioka speaking schedule

15 years since the arrival of Hana's suitcase next year!
We are aiming at visiting the 1000th school. 
(We are counting 980 now.)
Please see here for application.

10 Heiwanomori Elementary School (Tokyo)
14 Hasse Junior High School (Kanagawa)
15 Kamitome Elementary School (Saitama)
17 Koka Gakuen Junior High School (Tokyo)
21 Kochi Gakugei Junior High School (Kochi)
27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day at UN University (Tokyo)
30 Ochi Junior High School (Kochi)

2  Aikou Elementary School (Kanagawa)
4  Sacred Heart Girls School (Tokyo)
9  Denen-Chofu Futaba Elementary School (Tokyo)
13 British School in Tokyo (Tokyo)
18 Meiji Gakuin High School (Tokyo)
20 Koen Girls School (Tokyo)
25 Asahi Elementary School (Tokyo)
27 Association of Private Junior & Junior High Schools in Tokyo

3 Osakaue Junior High School (Tokyo)
4 Kaishin Daisan Junior High School (Tokyo)
5 Hoshino Gakuen (Saitama)
11 Shiki city (Saitama)
12 Miyakami Junior High School (Tokyo)
13 Tsurukawa Daini Junior High School (Kanagawa)
18 Kirigaoka Junior High School

12 Jewish Community Center (Tokyo)

27 American School International Japan (Tokyo)

6   Suginami Central Public Library (Tokyo)
13 Koganei Daini Junior High School (Tokyo)
21 Kasukabe city (Saitama)
23 Yamazaki Gakuen Junior High School (Tokyo)
26 Morinosato Elementary School (Kanagawa)
27 Moroyama town (Saitama)
29 Kemei Gakuen Elementary School (Tokyo)

4 Kami city (Kochi)
6 Tottori-nishi High School (Tottori)
7 Tottori University (Tottori)
9 Tokorozawa city (Saitama)
13 Tokyo Junshin Girls' School (Tokyo)

7 Aichi Education University (Aichi)
21-31 University Coop Study Tour to Europe (Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, Berlin, Helsinki)

18 Tabata Elementary School (Tokyo)
25 Canadian International School (Tokyo)
26 Friedensdorf International Support Group in Fussa city (Tokyo

17 Chikumazawa Elementary School (Saitama)
19 Denenchofu Futaba Elementary School (Tokyo)
20 Niijima College (Gunma)
21 Kasumigaseki-higashi Junior High School (Saitama)
24 Oi-nishi Junior High School (Tokyo)
27 Nerima-ku (Tokyo)
28 Tohou Girls' Junior High School (Tokyo
29 Nishi Elementary school, Kanuma city (Tochigi)
29 Kita Elementary school, Kanuma city (Tochigi)
29 Ashitaba no kai (Tochigi)
30 Satsuki Elementary school, Kanuma city (Tochigi)
30 Kuga Elementary school, Kanuma city (Tochigi)

5   Ginza Junior High School (Tokyo)
15 Nagakute city (Aichi)
17 Sacred Heart Girls' School (Tokyo)
26 Kobe Gakuin University (Hyogo)
28 Hakata, Fukuoka city (Fukuoka)
29 Soroptimist International Kumamoto (Kumamoto)
29 Kumamoto UNICEF (Kumamoto)
30 Seizan Junior School (Kumamoto)
30 Yashiro High School (Kumamoto)

1 Kumamoto Marist Gakuen (Kumamoto)
3 Rinkan Elementary School (Kanagawa)
5 Miyoshi city (Saitama)
7 Iiyama Elementary School (Kanagawa)
9 Toda Elementary School (Kanagawa)
9 Aikawa Elementary School (Kanagawa)
15 St. Joseph Girls' Junior High School (Mie)
17 Tamagawa Elementary School (Kanagawa)
17 Aikou Elementary School (Kanagawa)
21 Kiyose-Daisan Elementary School (Tokyo)

8 Sacred Heart Girls' School (Tokyo)
16 Koka Gakuen Junior High School (Tokyo)
19-26 Seattle

4 Kasugadai Junior High School (Kanagawa)
12 Koen Girls' School (Tokyo)
17 Meiji Gakuin High School (Tokyo)
23 Tana Junior High School (Kanagawa)
24 Shiki city (Saitama)

 (As of November 2015)

7-8 Aichi Education University

13 Suginomori Junior High School (Tokyo)
24 K International School (Tokyo)
28 Kasukabe city (Saitama)

7  Sakado city (Saitama)
10 Ginza Junior High School (Tokyo)
15 Canadian International School (Tokyo)
17 Fuchu Daiyon Junior High School (Tokyo)
22 Ushigome Daiichi Junior High School (Tokyo)

1  Chikumazawa Elementary School (Saitama)
4 Ouji Daisan Elementary School (Tokyo)
6 Sagami High School (Kanagawa)
8-11 Niigata
12 Taketa High School (Ooita)
13-14 Kumamoto
18 Kiyose Daisan Elementary School (Tokyo)
21 Iiyama Elementary School (Kanagawa)
26 St. Hilda High School (Tokyo)
28 Kiyose Daisan Elementary School (Tokyo)

4  Minamigaoka Junior High School (Kanagawa)
5  Kobe Gakuin University (Hyogo)
9 Rinkan Elementary School (Kanagawa)
13 Tsukuda Junior High School (Tokyo)
15 Shokei Junior High School (Tokyo)
17 St. Joseph Girls School (Mie)


Screening of the film Inside Hana's Suitcase on Sun, Nov 17

Come join us at the screening of the film "Inside Hana's Suitcase" on Sun, Nov.17

Sunday, November 17, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Kunitachi College of Music Junior & Senior High School
(2-12-19 Nishi, Kunitachi-city, Tokyo)

TICKET (1,000 yen) is now on sale.
Please see details here
If you need assistance in English in ordering tickets,
please email us at holocaust@tokyo.email.ne.jp

The film is in English with Japanese subtitles. 
Ticket sales(1,000 yen) and other information is provided in Japanese.


2012 at a glance

2012 at a glance

Our tolerance/compassion education programs reached out 
to 101 schools and local governments in 2012.

  • Traveling exhibitions (at total 17 venues)

"Anne, Machiyo, and Souvenir d'Anne Frank" traveled to Kunitachi city(Tokyo), Nisshin city(Aichi), Minou city(Aichi), Kawanichi city(Hyogo), Miyoshi city(Hiroshima), and Nakano-ku(Tokyo). "Hana's Suitcase" traveled to Tsukuba city(Ibaragi), Mori junior high school(Kanagawa), Theater Kooro(Osaka), Kiyose-daisan elementary school(Tokyo), Hamamatsu high school(Shizuoka), and Funada elementary school(Tokyo). "Chiune Sugihara - Man of Courage" was also exhibited at Tsunohazu
public library(Tokyo) and Suita city(Osaka).

  • New set of educational panel "Raoul Wallenberg"

As part of the Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Memorial projects cohosted by the Embassies of Sweden, Hungary, and Israel in Tokyo, our new set of educational panel on Wallenberg was exhibited at the Swedish embassy, Hosei University, and Kokusai Josai University.

  • Presentation/workshop/teachers' seminar at schools and other venues

Our "Hana's Suitcase" presentation was held at 68 schools and local government human rights education programs. Workshop on "Anne Frank" also traveled to Yokohama. "Man of Courage - Sugihara" was held at 4 venues.

  • Screening of the film "Grand Mosque of Paris"(June 23, 2012)

  • Screening of the film "Inside Hana's Suitcase"(May 17, 2013)

We welcomed 205 guests and were able to raise 240,000yen for the Tohoku earthquake/tsunami relief efforts.

  • Online educational tools for students and teachers
1. Booklog
Online library with a collection of 1240 books and visual materials.

2. Kokoro encyclopedia
Any learners of the Holocaust can get access to this free online encyclopedia. 750 words have been registered.

  • Newsletters and email magazines

We printed a total of 2500 newsletters (summer and winter) and also issued 8 email magazines which we sent out to 350 subscribers.


Charity screening of "Inside Hana's Suitcase" on Sunday, March 17

Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center(Kokoro) would like to invite you to 
a charity screening of the film "Inside Hana’s Suitcase" on Sunday, March 17.

The delivery of a battered suitcase to Fumiko Ishioka at the Tokyo Holocaust Center 
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 Theresienstadt 
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.

Director : Larry Weinstein(Canada)
Writer : Thomas Wallner (Canada)
DOP : Horst Zeidner (Germany)
Cast : George Brady, Lara Brady, Fumiko Ishioka, Small Wings,
friends and staff members of Kokoro
Production : Canada & Czech Republic, 2009

“Follow Larry Weinstein’s moving and absorbing film evocation and, 
like amazed Japanese children, you will learn essential lessons about 
pain and compassion. And above all, about the power of memory.”
Elie Wiesel
Author, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor 

Remember Tohoku 
“The Bond Made of a Thousand Tones”
The program will open with a performance of the “Tsunami” violin, 
which was made out of wooden debris from Rikuzentakata(Iwate). 
Mr. Nakazawa, a renowned violin craftsman who made this one-of-a-kind violin, 
and his friends started the violin project called “A Thousand Tone Bond”.
 They are aiming at having 1,000 artists play this violin to keep the memory alive. 
(The number ‘1,000’ in Japan traditionally has a meaning of endless prayers.)
Two pieces will be performed by Saori Abe, 
an amateur violinist (student at Tokyo Medical and Dental University). 
She is one of the original members of Small Wings, a children’s volunteer group.

At Tokyo Shigoto Center (東京しごとセンター) 
B2F, Lecture Hall
3-10-3 Iidabashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (Next to Hotel Metropolitan Edmont)

Program (2 and a quarter hours with no intermission)
1.Opening  – a special presentation of the “Tsunami” violin
2.Screening – Inside Hana’s Suitcase (90 min, English with Japanese subtitles)                       
  *All seats are non-reserved. Door opens at 12:30pm.
*The film is recommended for ages 11 and up.
*All net proceeds will go to a charity for Tohoku. For more info, please see below.

To register for the event, 
please send us the following by FAX or Email.
We use yahoo email to send you your confirmation. 
Please check your spam tray. Thank you!
1.Name 2.Address 3.Age 4.Organization/School 5.TEL 6.FAX 
7.How did you find out about this event?
8.Payment method : Choose from ABD, or C

Pay at the Door              
500yen (under 18)     1,000yen (college students)     D 3,000yen (adult)
Pay in Advance   
C 2,500yen (adult)  (Please make reservations by March 12)                                                                                                                        
For C, please send 2,500 yen by Postal Transfer to Account No. 00180-4-277325
Account Name : Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center

All Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE.  
All seats are non-reserved.


Journey of Hana's Suitcase in 2013

16 Meiji Gakuin High School, Tokyo
22 Kiyose Daisan Elementary School, Tokyo
23 St.Hilda Junior & High School, Tokyo
26 Chikushino Children's Theater, Fukuoka
29 Tamagawa Elementary School, Kanagawa
30 Aikou Elementary School, Kanagawa

2 Coop Shizuoka
4 St.Mary Girls School, Tokyo
15 Kita Adachi Human Rights Education Council, Saitama
20 Koen Girls' School, Tokyo
25 Mori Junior High School, Yokohama, Kanagawa
26 British School in Tokyo, Tokyo

1 Kaishin Daisan Junior High School, Tokyo
3 Etz Chaim, Tokyo
5  Minamino Junior High School, Tokyo
6 Mori no Gakuen, Ibaragi
11 Musashioka Junior High School, Tokyo
12 Tagara Junior High School, Tokyo
14 Kirigaoka Junior High School, Yokohama, Kanagawa
15 Kamimizo-minami High School, Kanagawa

7  Jewish Community Center, Tokyo

11 Tsukuba, Ibaragi

7  Fujimi Town Hall, Saitama
19 Asaka city, Saitama

6  Iruma city, Saitama

3  Higashi Osaka City, Osaka
19-22 Aichi Education University, Aichi

23  am Tamagawa Elementary School, Kanagawa
23  pm Aikou Elementary School, Kanagawa