The Children of Willesden Lane

The Children of Willesden Lane is the story of author and Grammy-nominated concert pianist Mona Golabek’s mother, who fled Vienna during World War II aboard the Kindertransport and triumphed over tragedy to become a concert pianist. The universal themes of Willesden Lane—identity, moral responsibility, acceptance between cultures and artistic appreciation—have been embraced by more than a million students. One high school student in Hoxie, Kansas, wrote, “Lisa Jura inspired me to dream the impossible dream and never give up when you think all is lost.”

Unique multimedia educational materials, including study guides, videos and original recordings from Mona Golabek, are available. She shares her mother's moving story in Citywide Reads, both in person and during live online events (watch the video below for details).

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