My Heart in a Suitcase

Anne Lehmann and her family no longer feel safe in their Berlin home. Life in 1938 Germany is deteriorating quickly for the Lehmanns and all Jews living there; in order to protect their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lehmann may have to say goodbye to her forever. Anne must struggle to bring meaning out of despair, to cling to love and hope even in a world that seems to be filled with hatred and violence.

ArtsPower’s gripping and poignant production about Anne and her family’s decision whether or not to send her on the Kindertransport is a tribute to the strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of a family’s love.

2014-2015 Season, 2015-2016 Season
Type: Drama
Grades: 4 - 8
Performance: 55 minutes
Curriculum connections: Family Relationships, Historical, Literature-Based, Values-Based
Credit: Based on the book, “My Heart in a Suitcase.” Written by Anne Lehmann Fox. Copyright © 1996. Published by Valentine Mitchell and Company Publishers, Middlesex, England. Presented under a special agreement. All rights reserved.

The performance today of “My Heart in a Suitcase” was very powerful and extremely well done. My students were able to make connections to events that we’ve been studying in class such as Kristallnacht and the Kindertransport. Thank you for making this opportunity available to us!

Amy Hunzelman, Director, Education and Special Programs, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Cedar Falls, IA

Everyone who had the privilege to view “My Heart in a Suitcase” was thrilled to pieces. We will always remember its message. Your actors and stage manager were impressively professional, and a pleasure to get to know. We hope to work with you again!

Diane Dunay, Language Arts Specialist, St. Joseph School, Mendham, NJ

Yesterday’s performance of “My Heart in a Suitcase” was one of our best days ever! I was very impressed!

Jule Horn, Education Director, Franciscan Center, Sylvania, OH

The cast of “My Heart in a Suitcase” was perfect. The script was honest. It hit everything just right.

Rosalie Sauerhaft, Education Director, The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, Purchase, NY

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