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Teaching The Children of Willesden Lane
Resources to help you teach the book in middle schools and high schools

Historical Context

Introduction

The Children of Willesden Lane opens in Vienna, Austria, in 1938—a place and time when it was increasingly dangerous to be a Jew. That year Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party took over Austria. As in Germany, they replaced a democratic government with a dictatorship based on racism and terror. Jews were among the first targets of the new regime. Within weeks of taking over the nation, the Nazis were humiliating and isolating Jews. Some Jews feared that the next step would be annihilation.

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Historical Context text from the curriculum guide, created by Facing History and Ourselves and the Milken Family Foundation, pgs. 11-13.

Map of Europe

Map of Europe in 1938 showing Greater Germany, including Austria and the city of Vienna.

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