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Live in Studio 4A: Mona Golabek
The Children of Willesden Lane
Mona Golabek Pianist and radio host Mona Golabek's new book, The Children of Willesden Lane -- Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival, traces her family's passion for music back three generations.

Mona remembers her mother
Through music of Chopin, Debussy, Grieg and Liszt, Mona Golabek shares stories about her mother, Lisa Jura, a musical prodigy who, as a jewish child, escaped Hitler's Vienna via the Kindertransport to England. Upon Lisa's departure, her mother Malka, also a pianist, reminded her to "Hold onto your music. It will be your best friend in life." This lesson gave Lisa the strength and spirit to survive World War II.

After difficult jobs in Brighton, Lisa eventually landed at the Willesden Lane orphanage in London, where the children and the keepers of the house encouraged and enabled her to reunite with her music. Jumping at a rare musical opportunity, and supported by her surrogate family at Willesden Lane, Lisa was accepted as a scholarship student at London's Royal Academy of Music.

To Malka, Lisa, and now Mona, music was not just about the notes and piano playing technique, but more so about the power of music to uplift the soul, and the stories of the composers and romantic stories conjured up by the music to inspire their imagination.
Mona Golabek in Studio 4A

The Children of Willesden Lane
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