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Book Title: The Children of Willesden Lane: A True Story of Hope and Survival During World War II|
The author of the book: Mona Golabek
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Edition: Little Brown and Company
Date of issue: April 1st 2017
ISBN 13: 9780316554893
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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.
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