Chapter 1:

"Only a Matter of Time"

Quotes from the film:

“Some of the kids knocked my head against the wall. And the teachers examined my scalp for lice. They say I’m clean and well-groomed for a Jewish child. They’re calling me “sale juive” which means dirty Jew in French.”

        ~ Malvina, 11 years old in 1939

I haven’t felt the antisemitism until recently. Now Germany is showing more and more hatred towards Jews. My friends and I think it’s just a matter of time that this widespread hatred will come to us here in Belgium, too.”

~ Irving, 17 years old in 1939

Conversation Starters

  • If you witnessed someone being discriminated against because of his or her beliefs, what action(s) would/could you take?

  • If discrimination of a people was an acceptable norm, what would you do?

  • What was it like to live in Nazi-occupied Europe at this time? How did the restrictions evolve for Jews? For others?

Dig a little deeper...

  • What are some things we can do to end racial and religious profiling?

  • What factors would indicate that Belgium was a neutral country in the 1930s? Were any countries in Europe actually neutral during the war? 

Personal connection...

  • Have you or your family members ever faced racial, religious, or other kinds of discrimination?

  • When did your family come to the US and why did they come?

  • What are some current-day examples of discrimination that you have witnessed or heard about?

  • Do you see any discrimination in your school or community? If so, what kind?

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In 1933 Hitler became Chancellor in Germany and his antisemitic views were spreading throughout Europe. The Nazis in Germany called a boycott of Jewish businesses and banned Jews from government work. Jewish children could only go to Jewish schools.  


Some thought that they were safe from this kind of harassment in Belgium.  However, antisemitic feelings were growing and many felt it was only a matter of time…