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.
Perhaps named after...
Jean-Paul Marat (1743-1793), a Swiss political actvist and journalist of the French revolution. He was murdered in his bathtub by a woman, Charlotte Corday, from a rival political faction.
André and Jacob Duguay, the two little Jewish boys, have reached their final destination: the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau near the southern Polish town of Oświęcim.
The British Red Cross played a vital role in World War II, setting up auxiliary hospitals in large houses around the country. Many of these remained in operation after the war.