The Children of Willesden Lane. Beyond the

The Children of Willesden Lane. Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival Based on the true story of her mother, Mona Golabek describes the inspirational story of Lisa Jura Golabek s escape from Nazi controlled Austria to England on the famed Kindertransport Jewish musical prodigy Lisa Jura has a wonderful life in Vienna But when the Nazis start closing in on the city, life changes irreversibly Although he has three daughters, Lisa s father is only able to secure one berth on the Kindertransport The family decides to send Lisa to London so that she may pursue her dreams of a career as a concert pianist Separated from her beloved family, Lisa bravely endures the trip and a disastrous posting outside London before finding her way to the Willesden Lane OrphanageIt is in this orphanage that Lisa s story truly comes to life Her music inspires the other orphanage children, and they, in turn, cheer her on in her efforts to make good on her promise to her family to realize her musical potential Through hard work and sheer pluck, Lisa wins a scholarship to study piano at the Royal Academy As she supports herself and studies, she makes a new life for herself and dreams of reconnecting with the family she was forced to leave behind The resulting tale delivers a message of the power of music to uplift the human spirit and to grant the individual soul endurance, patience, and peace My qualms about this book have nothing to do with the writing and the story Both were excellent I enjoyed learningabout a little known to me slice of history and I liked our spunky determined heroine My qualms stem from the fact that this is NOT a memoir It was written by the subject s daughter I think I would have liked the bookif it had been a biography OR an historical fiction with a lovely tribute in the author s note The misnomer is really hard for me to get over, I don My qualms about this book have nothing to do with the writing and the story Both were excellent I enjoyed learningabout a little known to me slice of history and I liked our spunky determined heroine My qualms stem from the fact that this is NOT a memoir It was written by the subject s daughter I think I would have liked the bookif it had been a biography OR an historical fiction with a lovely tribute in the author s note The misnomer is really hard for me to get over, I don t like when things are defined incorrectly as I feel this was I loved this book, the true story of Lisa Jura who came to England as part of the Kindertransport which rescued 10,000 Jewish children from the Nazis I saw Mona Golabek last year at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood performing The Pianist of Willesden Lane, a one woman play based on this book in which she portrays her mother It was one of the most moving and beautiful performances that I have ever seen including Golabek s stunning piano virtuosity I was moved to tears several times https I loved this book, the true story of Lisa Jura who came to England as part of the Kindertransport which rescued 10,000 Jewish children from the Nazis I saw Mona Golabek last year at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood performing The Pianist of Willesden Lane, a one woman play based on this book in which she portrays her mother It was one of the most moving and beautiful performances that I have ever seen including Golabek s stunning piano virtuosity I was moved to tears several times moving book is a tribute to the triumph of music, art, beauty and the resilient human spirit over evil and adversity Brava, Lisa Jura and Mona Golabek The Children of Willesden Lane Beyond the Kindertransport A Memoir of Music, Love and Survival, by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen.Lisa Jura was fourteen years old and living in pre World War II Vienna when her parents put her on a Kindertransport train leaving for England Lisa was studying piano, and had hoped to become a concert pianist Mona Golabek, her daughter, and author Lee Cohen bring us the story of Jura s journey through the Kindertransport program, where she resided for six years at a The Children of Willesden Lane Beyond the Kindertransport A Memoir of Music, Love and Survival, by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen.Lisa Jura was fourteen years old and living in pre World War II Vienna when her parents put her on a Kindertransport train leaving for England Lisa was studying piano, and had hoped to become a concert pianist Mona Golabek, her daughter, and author Lee Cohen bring us the story of Jura s journey through the Kindertransport program, where she resided for six years at a hostel orphanage located at 243 Willesden Lane, London.It is there that Jura forms long lasting friendships with the other Kindertransport residents, and it is where her sister eventually comes to live, through the same program The hostel is also where she and the other residents struggle daily, without knowing what has happened to their parents and other family members, while trying to maintain a sense of life and stabilty in their environment.Jura is determined to make something of herself and she works hard at a factory forming strong bonds with the other workers , and returns after work to practice on the hostel piano, each day, with permission from the head matron, Mrs Cohen She strives towards becoming a concert pianist, and her goals and dreams begin to become realized through a scholarship she earned to attend The Royal Academy of Music She was encouraged to apply for it by Mrs Cohen, who realized Jura s talents the first moment she Cohen heard Jura play the piano.The book is harsh and raw, no emotion left hidden, and it is a compelling book on so many levels We journey with Jura through her difficulties in finding her place in a foreign world We are at times emotionally drained, and other times extremely inspired by Jura through her strength and perseverance to find identity, and to adjust to her life without her closest friend her mother.That Jura succeeded on all levels is a tribute to her willpower and devotion to her parents, and to her mother s lasting words that kept her going through the harshest and most difficult of times, Hold on to your music It will be your best friend And, so it was.The Children of Willesden Lane is a heart wrenching and beautifully written memoir and tribute, to Mona Golabek s mother, and to Jura s entire family Jura s parents were sent to Auschwitz and never heard from A story that needed to be told, the love of music overcoming the heinous specter of genocide The audio version had piano music inserted at relevant points in the narrative.

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