Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Reed Winnipeg, Manitoba

Fair address: Red River Heritage Fair

Project: Hana's Suitcase - The Canadian Connection

Hana's Suitcase is an award winning book written by a Canadian author, Karen Levine. This book is about a young sister and brother, Hana and George Brady who lived in Czechoslovakia during the Holocaust.This project is about discrimination and promoting tolerance and peace for everyone.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing I learned was how Hana and George's lives were so impacted by discrimination and hate. I was heartbroken when I learned about Hana and George being excluded from their school and friends. I did not realize that this could happen to so many people over such a long time.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

A lesson that I have learned from this project is how easily discrimination can spread and how to stand up for those that are not being treated well. I also learned that persistence is important in order to find out something you would like to know. Fumiko Ishioka taught me this when she was looking for information about Hana's suitcase.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

I realize how lucky I am to have a home, food, friends, schooling, and a loving mother and a father. Hana and George were not able to have this during a part of their lives. I hope people remember how difficult it was to live when the Nazi's were so cruel to people.

  • Harry Bell

    I think you have done an excellent job of sharing Hana's sad story so that others can see how discrimination and hate are so wrong. Good for you, Reed!
    16/07/2015 11:06:14 AM

  • Haley "2015 Young Citizen"

    Reed you had my attention right from the start, so interesting. Would love to learn more about Hana's suitcase and read the book. Good Luck!
    03/07/2015 9:16:48 PM

  • Abrielle - Young Citizen 2015

    Thanks for telling me about this great story. I'll read it this summer. Great job!
    03/07/2015 8:45:59 PM

  • Emma-Young Citizen 2015

    Loved the book, Hana's Suitcase. Your video had a lot of information about her and her family. Good Job!
    03/07/2015 9:29:17 AM

  • Mick

    Nicely done bud! Go Reed!!!
    28/06/2015 5:11:50 PM

  • Adi

    I loved your backgrounds! Your video was well filmed. Good luck!
    28/06/2015 11:33:08 AM

  • Sami Fagerstrom

    That was inspiring!!!
    27/06/2015 12:00:54 PM

  • Auby Bloomfield

    Congtatulations on an outstanding. presentation
    23/06/2015 9:45:28 PM

  • Eleanor Moore

    Well done Reed. Thank you for taking the time to spread this important message. Good Luck
    23/06/2015 10:07:22 AM

  • Eleanor Moore

    Well done Reed. Thank you for taking the time to spread this important message.
    23/06/2015 10:04:44 AM

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