The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport-A Memoir of Music, Love & Survival
The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport-A Memoir of Music, Love & Survival  -     By: Mona Golabek, Lee Cohen
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The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport-A Memoir of Music, Love & Survival

Hachette Book Group, USA / 2003 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Hachette Book Group, USA
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 8.3 X 5.5 X .8 (inches)
ISBN: 0446690279
ISBN-13: 9780446690270

Publisher's Description

This inspiring true story of how classical music saved a young girl's life during World War II is a book for history and music lovers and the perfect choice for book clubs.

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.

Includes a reading group guide

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

"A deeply moving and heartfelt tale...brings tears to the reader's eyes...a testament to maternal love."
Washington Post Book World

""Uplifting...vivid."—Publishers Weekly

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