In 1938, Lisa Jura, a young Jewish girl in Vienna, dreamed she would become a concert pianist. Her dreams were shattered when German troops took over her homeland. She became a refugee, one of 10,000 children brought to England before World War II as part of Kindertransport—a mission to rescue children threatened by Nazis. Concert pianist Mona Golabek, Lisa Jura’s daughter, will perform her mother’s story – The Children of Willesden Lane – in a stage performance on April 4, 2018.
This is the opening event of Scottsdale Community College’s Genocide Awareness Week. Leading up to the performance, Phoenix Holocaust Survivors’ Association and its Generations After program, in conjunction with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, are sponsoring Willesden Read and providing 2,500 copies of Mona’s book to area schools.
Theater-goers are invited to a dessert reception after the show when they will view the Holocaust artwork of local artist Robert Sutz.