Sometimes something small can help make something larger-than-life easier to understand. A Babe Ruth baseball card can stand for the golden age of the all-American sport, while Batman acts as a symbol of justice for the citizens of Gotham. For Fumiko Ishioka at the Tokyo Holocaust Museum, the great symbol for the Holocaust was a suitcase belonging to Hana Brady, who was killed at Auschwitz.
The recovery of the suitcase helped Ishioka find Hana's brother, who now lives in Canada, and find a way to make the Holocaust more relevant to the Japanese audience and the world.
The story of Hana, her suitcase and Fumiko Ishioka are told in the film Inside Hana's Suitcase, which plays at The Flicks at 12:30 p.m. Following the film, Rabbi Dan Fink will deliver a lecture, "Never Again: Heed the Warning Signs." Tickets are $10.