When we learn about the Holocaust in school, we always hear that 6 million Jewish people died and 5 million others died too, but we could never really understand the personal lives of the victims until Hana Brady.
Matching numbers of victims to faces and stories has given us more perspective when regarding the Holocaust.
From a pile of victims’ suitcases, Fukimo Ishioka and her students find one with Waisenkind painted on the front, the mystery was, who does this suitcase belong to?
Meet Hana Brady, the owner of that suitcase,
Introduced to the world, May 16, 1931,
Her youthful mind,
full of innocent joy,
A child not so different than you or me,
She always played with her brother, George,
But, she was not allowed to attend 3rd grade because of her Jewish religion,
When she was only 10 years of age, her Jewish parents were arrested,
Only one year after her parents’ arrest, she was deported to a concentration camp, Terezin,
She would save some of her food in Terezin and give it to her brother so that he would not go hungry,
In Terezin, she took secret art and music lessons,
She loved to draw and always drew picnics and wide, open spaces,
She also drew the train that took her aunt and uncle away from her,
It was only a few months later in 1944 when her brother was separated from her,
In October of 1944, she was sent to Auschwitz and very soon after, her world dissipated in a cloud of gas.
Hana Brady was a kind, artistic soul whose suitcase contained her drawings and photos of her. It contained her story of who she was and aspired to be. Her suitcase contains information that helps us to understand just what horrors she endured because of her Jewish religion.
Her suitcase and its contents were later turned into an exhibit by Fukimo Ishioka so that others can see the holocaust from Hana Brady’s perspective.
If we can start to match the stories of Holocaust victims to their fatalities, we could get a broader view of the Holocaust and start to comprehend the Holocaust from victims’ perspectives.
Never again should we villainize others because of a narrow perspective
Never again should we let prejudice control our thoughts and actions
Never again should we worship hate more than love
Never again should we let our world’s morality fall due to hate or fear
Never again should we let the loss of lives be the result of a fascist society
Hana Brady has shown us that there is so much to life that will never be lived because of hate. Hana Brady was just one of the other 11 million people who never got to find their own meaning of life and live it to the fullest, instead their diverse voices were silenced, never to be heard again.
We need to view the world in different perspectives, get to know others before judging them, be more accepting to those different than us, not let hate cloud love, always find ways to help others, and grow a larger sense of morality.