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Lillian Boraks-Nemetz. The Old Brown Suitcase
Ronsdale $10.95 ISBN 978-1-55380-057-6 203 pg.
Reviewed by Mena, Age 14

“Next weekend you and I are going on a trip, my little one.” says Father. “I bought this suitcase so that you can pack your things in it. You’re getting to be a big girl, Slava. Who knows where this suitcase might take you someday. Do you like it?

The Old Brown Suitcase is filled with fourteen-year-old Slava’s only worldly belongings. She is Jewish, brought to Canada from Poland after the war. But as Slava struggles to fit in, she is still haunted by the past. As her story shows, she has seen terrible things at the hands of the Germans. Will she ever truly learn to live here?

The author of this tale is a Holocaust survivor herself. She was incarcerated in the Ghetto as a child and so writes from experience as well as learning. This story is semi-autobiographical. I look forward to reading the two sequels to this story. I enjoyed reading this book because it gave a child's opinion of the German attacks on the Jews.

An insightful historical read, The Old Brown Suitcase gets four stars.


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