Bring The Children of Willesden Lane To Your Classroom

The Children of Willesden Lane is the powerful true story of Lisa Jura, who fled Nazi-occupied Vienna on the Kindertransport as a child. Jura was one of 10,000 young refugees who were separated from their parents and brought to England for safety before World War II. Written by Jura’s daughter, concert pianist Mona Golabek, and the poet Lee Cohen, the book provides a window into this important moment in history, and raises universal questions about the human experience.

This project is a partnership between Facing History and Ourselves and Mona Golabek’s Hold On To Your Music Foundation.

Our Resource Publication Helps You Teach this Content

Our teacher's resource for The Children of Willesden Lane (funded by the Milken Family Foundation) is designed for use with middle and high school students with a focus on Language Arts, Social Studies, and Music classes. It includes pre-reading activities and seven sections that each focus on a part of the book. Each section includes overviews, suggestions for discussion, activities, writing prompts, and historical sidelights. The final section includes suggestions for final projects and assessment.


A Teacher’s Resource to The Children of Willesden Lane

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.

Meet Common Core Standards

Facing History's A Teacher’s Resource to The Children of Willesden Lane is designed to deepen and enrich students’ understanding of both the book and the music. It can also be used to support teachers in meeting the Instructional Shifts called for by the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in the Content Areas (adapted from Achieve the Core). Learn how this resource aligns with common core standards, including close reading of challenging texts, critical analysis, and the development of critical thinking, writing, and speaking skills.

Our online companion to the book features musical selections to accompany the text and a study guide for middle and high school classrooms. There is also a series of videos from Annenberg Learner featuring educators as they model instructional activities for the book and reflect on its impact.

Connect Your Students with the Book

Educators in the Facing History and Ourselves network can borrow copies of The Children of Willesden Lane from our library.

The Children of Willesden Lane

Class set

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.

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