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

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. Margie Margie says:

    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 Pianis

  2. Lorri Lorri says:

    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 Kindertranspo

  3. Sheila Griffin Sheila Griffin 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. Koren Koren 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 t

  5. Anastasia Hobbet Anastasia Hobbet 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 10,000 Austrian and German kids, most of them Jewish, as Hitler

  6. Linda Lipko Linda Lipko says:

    This is an incredible book It is the story of the author s family and in particular her mother Lisa Jura.Ten 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 re

  7. Susan Morris Susan Morris says:

    Interesting story of Lisa Jura, one of approximate 10,000 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 quite put my finger

  8. Jacqueline Masumian Jacqueline Masumian 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 th

  9. Emma Gregory Emma Gregory 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 w

  10. Courtney Courtney says:

    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

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