The Children of Willesden Lane Beyond the Kindertransport

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

10 thoughts on “The Children of Willesden Lane Beyond the Kindertransport A Memoir of Music Love and Survival

  1. says:

    I loved this book the true story of Lisa Jura who came to England as part of the Kindertransport which rescued 10000 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

  2. says:

    The Children of Willesden Lane Beyond the Kindertransport A Memoir of Music Love and Survival by Mona Golabek and Lee CohenLisa 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

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    I had not heard of the Kindertransport a train that took Jewish children from Austria and Germany to London to avoid the encroaching German armies of Hitler The parents had to purchase the fare for the children to go and have a family arranged to take the child once they got there So starts the story of Lisa Jurs who was put on this train alone to go to Lond

  5. says:

    This was a research driven choice I needed to learn as close to first hand as possible about the British Kindertransport on the eve of World War II a truly heroic program that took in 10000 Austrian and German kids most of them Jewish as Hitler was scooping up their families for shipment to the concentration camps Most of the kids needless to say never saw t

  6. says:

    This is an incredible book It is the story of the author's family and in particular her mother Lisa JuraTen thousand Jewish children were transported from Europe to England in an attempt to rescue as many children as possible from the grips of the Nazi regime intent on destroyed this loving peaceful cultureAs she systematically observes the treatment of her fa

  7. says:

    Interesting story of Lisa Jura one of approximate 10000 Jewish children rescued from Nazis thru Kindertransport and her piano playing Just can't give it 4 stars because something about the writing is too simplistic or something I can't uite put my finger on I've just read other WWII books whose writing rings true to me Own

  8. says:

    I believe this book may have been intended for young readers but it holds great rewards for adults as well A memoir of Mona Golabek's mother's life during World War II it's the story of a child prodigy a young pianist named Lisa Jura who is saved from Nazi threatened Austria by the Kindertransport program in Europe in 1938 39 Under this program a select number o

  9. says:

    I normally shy away from books regarding the holocaust as the visions of the monstrosities committed to human life stay with me for weeks afterwards However this book was a sheer delight to read Lisa Jura is sent to London from Vienna at the beginning of World War 2 with nothing but the music in her heart and soul that her mother has taught her As Lisa survives t

  10. says:

    My ualms about this book have nothing to do with the writing and the story Both were excellent I enjoyed learning about a little known to me slice of history and I liked our spunky determined heroine My ualms 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 book if it had been a biography OR an

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