The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival

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An important and inspiring true story of survival during World War II

Mona Golabek tells the tale of her mother Lisa Jura Golabek's escape from Nazi-controlled Austria to England on the infamous 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 able to secure only 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 Orphanage.

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.

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About the author

Mona Golabek is a Grammy-nominated recording artist, internationally celebrated concert pianist, and star of the one-woman show The Pianist of Willesden Lane.

Lee Cohen is a journalist, screenwriter, and poet.
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Publisher
Grand Central Publishing
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Published on
Jul 31, 2007
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9780446506663
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Composers & Musicians
History / Holocaust
History / Jewish
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