About "The Children of Willesden Lane"

In early 1938, Lisa Jura, a young Jewish girl in Vienna, dreamed that one day she would become a concert pianist. In March, her dreams were shattered. German troops took over Austria, her homeland. She became a refugee, one of about 10,000 children brought to England before World War II as part of the Kindertransport — a mission to rescue children threatened by the Nazis. Her daughter Mona Golabek and writer Lee Cohen tell her story in "The Children of Willesden Lane."


The Los Angeles Willesden Read is an extraordinary multi-layered program that will teach 12,000 middle and high school students – particularly from underserved communities – about the Holocaust, the importance of standing up against bigotry and hatred, and the transformative power of music, all free of charge.

This summer, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust will train 250 teachers on how to teach the Holocaust and relate its history and lessons to current events. When school begins in the fall, students will read Mona Golabek's The Children of Willesden Lane, which tells the story of Mona’s mother’s experience as a Kindertransport survivor. Students will tour the Museum, engage in dialogue with a Holocaust survivor, and participate in creative classroom projects.

The program culminates with concert performances by Mona at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in October, which students will attend free of charge.

The Museum is raising funds to cover the program's $25 per student cost. If you would like to sponsor the participation of one or more students, please click here.

 For information, contact Victoria Lonberg at or 323-456-5078.