ABOUT THE HISTORIC BLÜTHNER PIANO
On loan from Helga Kasimoff and the Kasimoff-Blüthner Piano Company. The piano in LAMOTH’s Holocaust and Music exhibit was made in Leipzig, Germany by the Blüthner Piano Company. Before the Holocaust, it belonged to a Jewish musician named Alfred Sendrey. When Sendrey fled Germany in 1933, he had no choice but to leave his piano behind. After the war, Sendrey settled in Los Angeles, and shortly thereafter his piano arrived at his doorstep unharmed. In all, the Blüthner family had organized and paid for the safe transport of approximately 100 Jewish-owned pianos out of Nazi-occupied Europe.
In collaboration with Mona Golabek and the Hold On To Your Music Foundation, LAMOTH presents an exhibit based on original artifacts from Mona Golabek’s personal collection of photographs, documents and personal items, that belonged to her mother, Lisa Jura, a child saved on the Kindertransport, whose story is told in Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen's book, The Children of Willesden Lane. Before Kristallnacht, Lisa was a young pianist in Vienna, but after the Nazi invasion, Lisa’s parents made the heartbreaking decision to send Lisa to England with the Kindertransport. The work of Mona Golabek, an internationally acclaimed concert pianist and author, is inspired by the words her grandmother uttered to her mother Lisa as she boarded the Kindertransport for London: “Hold on to your music, it will be your best friend.”
We invite you to visit LAMOTH to learn and draw inspiration from this special exhibition of original music, primary documents, photographs, and audio guide narration and reflection by Mona Golabek.