Kindertransport tales educate London schoolchildren

The Holocaust Education Trust has recently launched Stories from Willesden Lane, a project that educates London schoolchildren about the Holocaust through uplifting music and stories of London’s wartime refugees.

Aimed at children aged between 10 and 13, the project uses the experiences of the child refugees saved by the Kindertransport to explain the plight of Jews fleeing the actions of Nazi Germany.

The project is based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane, which tells the story of a 14-year-old girl, Lisa Jura, who fled Vienna for England on the Kindertransport train in 1938. She was one of 10,000 Jewish children given safe passage by the programme and taken in by British foster parents.

Once in London, she was able to rebuild her life and pursue her dream to be a concert pianist.

Bruno Wang, founder of the Pureland Foundation, which is supporting the project, said: “In the increasingly fragile and conflicted world we live in, projects such as this are very important to help our young people understand the importance of challenging intolerance and prejudice wherever they see it.”

Lisa’s daughter, Mona Golabek, the Grammy-nominated pianist and author of The Children of Willesden Lane, has created a moving and inspiring one-woman musical performance based on the book.

Children from participating schools will have a chance to see the performance, which has received standing ovations worldwide, on June 12 and 13 at Central Westminster Hall in London.

There was also a gala performance at the Wigmore Hall on Sunday, June 10 in aid of the Holocaust Educational Trust. The Pureland Foundation is honoured to be supporting this event.

For more information about the project, please visit www.willesdenlane.org.uk

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