Pianist Mona Golabek’s bestselling book of hope and survival during the Holocaust comes to life with teacher’s resource guide, classroom videos and musical downloads.
The American pianist and author Mona Golabek’s mother, Lisa Jura, grew up in pre-World War II Vienna. Shortly after Kristallnacht, 14 year-old Lisa, a musical prodigy, escaped the Nazis aboard the Kindertransport train to England where her music gave her the strength to survive one of the darkest periods in history.
Lisa Jura’s incredible story has become the bestselling book, The Children of Willesden Lane. It is a powerful story of hope, passion and courage that has inspired readers and audiences everywhere. Transformed into a one-woman stage production based on the book, Golabek has portrayed her mother to sold-out audiences across the nation. The San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Sun Times have hailed this story as “unforgettable… an arresting triumph.” Golabek is also in demand across the nation doing citywide reads of the book, engaging students, educators and entire communities.
The universal themes of Willesden Lane—identity, moral responsibility, acceptance between cultures and artistic appreciation—have been embraced by more than 100,000 students. One high school student in Hoxie, Kansas, wrote, “Lisa Jura inspired me to dream the impossible dream and never give up when you think all is lost.”
Recognizing the book’s power to inform and inspire young people, Milken Family Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder Lowell Milken commissioned a Teacher’s Resource Guide, created by Facing History and Ourselves with the Milken Family Foundation. Dr. Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards, guided the educational initiative. Complementary classroom videos were produced by the Annenberg Foundation. More than 20 musical downloads of classical selections referenced throughout the book are also available.
The study guides, videos and music are available at no cost to educators.
A printable curriculum guide (PDF) created by Facing History and Ourselves and the Milken Family Foundation, providing a wealth of lessons and activities for students:
Annenberg Learner: Guide and resources for teaching The Children of Willesden Lane.
Hold On To Your Music Foundation: Teachers and community leaders interested in exploring The Children of Willesden Lane and learning more about Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek’s passion to bring her mother's story to students across America.
All music associated with this curriculum is available for download below. A CD is also available by contacting Dr. Jane Foley.
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