"a small suitcase with brass locks, canted over to one side"

This, possibly the defining image of the book, is reminiscent of a true story that occurred in 2000, two years after Charlotte Gray was published.  A suitcase belonging to a young Jewish Czech girl, Hana Brady, inspired Fumiko Ishioka of the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center to research her life.  Her quest to uncover Hana's early life and fate became the subject of a documentary and a book.  She even managed to locate Hana's brother, George, who survived the Holocaust.

Hana was killed in the gas chambers of Auschwitz, aged 13.