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


Additional Resources

This page contains general resources to enhance your study of the The Children of Willesden Lane and its historical period, and specific resources geared toward the Pre-Reading materials.

In Print


David, Kati. Child’s War: World War II Through the Eyes of Children. New York: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1989. ISBN: 0941423247

Paints a rich and varied picture of the war, drawing from diaries, letters, and journals.

Fox, Anne L. My Heart in a Suitcase (Library of Holocaust Testimonies) Portland, OR: Mitchell Vallentine & Company, 1996. ISBN: 0853033110

Anne Lehmann Fox’s autobiographical account of her experiences as a 12-year old on the Kindertransport out of Germany.

Frank, Anne. The Diary of a Young Girl. Trans. by B. M. Mooyaart. New York: Doubleday, 1952, 1967. ISBN: 067175274X

A classic since its initial publication in 1947.

Golabek, Mona, & Cohen, Lee. The Children of Willesden Lane—Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival. New York: Warner Books, 2002. Hard cover ISBN: 0-446-52781-5. Soft cover ISBN: 0-446-69027-9

To order discounted classroom sets of the book, visit www.holdontoyourmusic.org.

Holliday, Laurel, ed. Children in the Holocaust and World War II: Their Secret Diaries. New York: Washington Square Press, 1996. ISBN: 0671520555

Diary entries written by young people, with insightful comments and glimpses of life during World War II.

Isaacson, Judith. Seed of Sarah. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1991. ISBN: 0252062191

A memoir of a teenager whose comfortable life in Hungary was turned upside down by the Nazis.

Orlev, Uri. Island on Bird Street. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, Reissue (1992). ISBN: 0395616239

The story of a boy who hid for five months in an unnamed ghetto.

Richter, Hans Peter. Friedrich. Trans. by Edite Kroll. Holt, New York: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1987. ISBN: 0140322051

Traces a friendship between a young Jew and a Christian from 1925 to 1942.

Tec, Nechama. Dry Tears: The Story of a Lost Childhood. New York: Oxford University Press, USA, 1982, 1984. ISBN: 0195035003

Tec explains how, at the age of 11, she learned to “pass” as a Christian in Nazi-occupied Poland. 

Toll, Nelly S. Behind the Secret Window: A Memoir of a Hidden Childhood During World War Two. London: Puffin Books, Reprint edition (2003). ISBN: 0142302414

Describes Toll’s persecution by neighbors and former servants, as well as the Germans, when the Nazis marched into her native Poland in 1941.

Wiesel, Elie. Night. New York: Bantam Dell Publishing Group, Reissue edition 1982. ISBN: 0553272535

Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel's memoir describes the guilt of having survived the the Holocaust and the genocidal campaign that consumed his family.

Zapruder, Alexandra. Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002. ISBN: 0300092431

Diaries that detail the lives of 14 teens and their families during the chilling last days in the ghettos in Nazi-occupied Europe.


Fein, Helen. “Accounting for Genocide” Victims and Survivors of the Holocaust. New York: The Free Press, 1979. ISBN 0-02-910220-0

Schroeder, Peter W., & Schroeder-Hildebrand, Dagmar. Six Million Paper Clips: The Making of a Children's Holocaust Memorial. Minneapolis, MN: Kar-Ben Publishing, 2004. ISBN:1580131697

Schweber, Simone A.  Making Sense of the Holocaust: Lessons from Classroom Practice. New York: Teachers College Press, 2004. ISBN: 0807744352

Simon, Katherine G. Moral Questions in the Classroom: How to Get Kids to Think Deeply About Real Life and Their Schoolwork. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2003. ISBN: 0300101686

On Video

Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust
First Run Features

A documentary that follows an Orthodox Jewish father as he tries to alert his adult sons to the dangers of creating impenetrable barriers between themselves and those outside their faith. For supporting resources, including a study guide prepared by Facing History and Ourselves, visit:

I’m Still Here: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust
Released by MTV in 2005

Based on the Zapruder book (see above); study guide by Facing History and Ourselves. For information and resources, visit:

Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport
Warner Home Video, 2001. ASIN: B00005MEPJ

An Academy Award-winning documentary. The Web site includes a study guide, book, and soundtrack.

My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransports
New Video Group, 2003. ASIN: B0000TSQZW

Documentary made by a filmmaker with intimate knowledge of the story, as her mother was one of the children rescued from Vienna by the Kindertransport movement in January 1939.

Paper Clips
Hart Sharp Video, 2006. ASIN: B000CMNJF4

A documentary film that captures how small-town students responded to lessons about the Holocaust with a promise to honor every lost soul by collecting one paper clip for each individual.

Survivors: Testimonies of the Holocaust
USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, CD-ROM

Explores the testimonies of four Holocaust survivors. Includes interactive features that help students place the testimony in a historical and geographical context.

Well-Founded Fear
PBS Home Video

A documentary about the asylum office at the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. For the video and supporting resources, visit:

On the Web

A. Maceo Walker Middle School

Anti-Defamation League

An organization with the immediate goal of stopping the defamation of the Jewish people. Its ultimate purpose is to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike.

Eve Shalen’s Essay

Text and video of Eve Shalen reading her essay.

Facing History and Ourselves

Curriculum materials and strategies for engaging students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote a more humane and informed citizenry.

Forest Hills High School

Institute for the Study of Genocide

An organization that promotes and disseminates scholarship and policy analyses on the causes, consequences, and prevention of genocide. Helen Fein, Ph.D., is the executive director.

The Kindertransport Association

An organization that brings together people associated with the Kindertransport, educates students and the general public, and takes part in charitable work involving children without parents.

Milken Family Foundation

A foundation, active in medical and educational research, which has helped bring The Children of Willesden Lane into schools across the country. This page provides information on Milken Educators and their work with the book.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum http://www.ushmm.org/

America’s national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history. Includes rich resources for teachers and students.

USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education

A foundation established in 1994 to collect and preserve the testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses. It uses its video archive to create educational resources in order to overcome prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry.

Westchester Holocaust Education Center http://www.holocausteducationctr.org/

An organization that brings the lessons of the Holocaust to teachers, students, and the community and makes them relevant to today.

Yad Vashem - The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes' Remembrance Authority

A leader in Shoah (Holocaust) education, commemoration, research, and documentation.

Touring Play

My Heart in a Suitcase
A drama for grades 4–8 with companion study guide. For information or to download the study guide, visit:


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