The Children of Willesden Lane

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by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen
(Warner Books)

In this memoir, concert pianist Mona Golabek shares the story of her mother’s journey through World War II and the enduring legacy of music that her mother passed along to her. Her mother survived by getting passage out of Vienna in 1938 aboard the Kindertransport, which brought her first to London, and then to 243 Willesden Lane, an orphanage with other young Jewish refugees. Here, she came of age as a musician and formed close friendships with the other young people who were sharing similar circumstances of displacement and uncertainty during a time of war. Facing History and Ourselves has developed a study guide and music CD to accompany this piece of literature.

Explore The Children of Willesden Lane Resource Collection for musical selections to accompany the book, a study guide for middle and high school audiences, and videos modeling instructional activities in the classroom.

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A Teacher’s Resource to The Children of Willesden Lane

Use this guide to teach the memoir The Children of Willesden Lane and its powerful story of a woman who escaped Nazi-occupied Vienna on the Kindertransport.


Track 22. Lisa Jura's legacies by Mona Golabek

Concert pianist Mona Golabek describes how Lisa Jura's legacy lives on in her children and grandchildren. This audio track can be used with activities and discussions found in A Teacher's Resource to The Children of Willesden Lane.


Track 13. Moonlight Sonata (First Movement)

Concert pianist Mona Golabek introduces “Moonlight Sonata (First Movement)” and plays it in its entirety. This audio track is part of a collection that accompanies The Children of Willesden Lane, and can be taught with activities and discussions found in A Teacher’s Resource to The Children of Willesden Lane on page 2

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