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Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Cente

Hana's Suitcase

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   Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center(THERC) is a private, non-profit organization established in 1998 at the initiative of a small group of friends including teachers, historians, and a Hiroshima survivor. History of the Holocaust has important universal lessons for students in Japan as well as elsewhere in the world. We are aiming at giving them opportunities to learn what discrimination, prejudice and intolerance could lead to and how important it is to appreciate differences and be respectful with each other to make this world a better, more compassionate place. 

   The activities of the Center started with private donations and we have organized a series of exhibitions and lectures by Holocaust survivors. Hana’s Suitcase is one of the major educational projects THERC has developed. It is an exhibit on loan from the Auschwitz Museum since 2000. Hana Brady, the owner of the suitcase, a Czech-born Jewish girl ended her life at the age of 13 at Auschwitz. After a year-long research at THERC, we were able to find Hana’s surviving brother, George Brady, in Toronto, Canada. This story was put together by Canadian author Karen Levine 2002 and published by Second Story Press. The Japanese translation of the book was published in the same year and was selected as one of the recommended readings for elementary school students for the annual nation-wide essay contests. The story is also included in three different English textbooks for high school students in Japan. The book is now being available in more than 35 countries and widely read among children and parents as a good introduction to the Holocaust. 


   In order to meet the requests from many schools, THERC closed its display room in 2003 and started focusing on outreach programs. Hana’s Suitcase has so far visited more than 450 schools and reached more than 60,000 students. It has also visited schools in Canada, US, Germany, Mexico, and South Africa.

■Date of establishment

      October 1998

      (Registered as a non-profit organization in 2003)


Fumiko Ishioka

■Number of Staff

2 paid (1 full-time, 1 part-time), 10 volunteers


- Help educate young people against racism and all kinds of prejudice through the history of the Holocaust

- Encourage them to learn about the concepts of mutual respect, understanding, and compassion

-  Convince them that each individual must be committed to the best of his/her ability in order to create better society in which differences among people are respected 

■Major curriculum

-Holocaust Seen Through Children's Eyes

-Chiune Sugihara A Man of Courage

-Hana's Suitcase

-A Boy Who Survived Auschwitz 

    Story of Hana's brother

-Anne Frank Timetravel

■Membership Fees (supporting members)

- Individual   3,000 yen or more

- Group       6,000 yen or more

■Donations are welcome!

-Bank name : Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
-Branch name : Omotesando
-Branch number : 133
-Account name : Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center
-Account number : 1850011
-Swift number : BOTKJPJT

■Contact information


Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center

22-1, Hakuyoh bldg 6F, Daikyocho, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo 

160-0015, Japan

TEL : +81 - (0)3 - 5363 - 4808

FAX : +81 - (0)3 - 5363 - 4808


Our display room is closed now.

Hana's Suitcase is traveling to schools to meet many more students. Please see Journey of Hana's Suitcase.



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