The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BYSANDYRASHTY Pi­anist of Willes­den Lane, The Chil­dren of Willes­den Lane, The

GRAMMY NOM­I­NEE Mona Go­labek, daugh­terof aHolo­caust­sur­vivor,played for the 250 guests at the Yad Vashem UK Foun­da­tion’s an­nual fundraiser.

The Los An­ge­les-based pi­anist told her mother’s story through mu­sic at the St John’s Wood Sy­n­a­gogue event, supporting the Shoah me­mo­rial in Jerusalem.

She had been taught the piano by her Aus­trian mother, Lisa Jura, who fled the Nazison­theKin­der­trans­port­toLon­don at the age of 14 in 1938. Her mother’s par­ents were killed in Auschwitz.

“I wanted to go out into the world and re­mind ev­ery­body never to for­get,” Ms Go­labek said. “I am alive to­day be­cause of the gen­eros­ity of this great na­tion.”

She re­called her mother say­ing “that each piece of mu­sic tells a story. She also told me about her youth in Vi­enna, tak­ing a train ride, flee­ing from the Nazis, mak­ing her way to a street called Willes­den Lane where she grew up with other refugee chil­dren. So it be­came my destiny to tell the story.”

The pi­anist per­formed a one-woman show based on her mother’s life,

at the St James The­atre in Lon­don last year. Her book,

is set to be de­vel­oped into a fea­ture film by the BBC.

An­other speaker at the event was Ruth Bergman, di­rec­tor of Hewlett Packard Labs in Is­rael, who ex­plained how dig­i­tal tech­niques were rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing the way Holo­caust mem­o­ries are pre­served.

Si­mon Bent­ley, chair­man of Yad Vashem UK Foun­da­tion, stressed the im­por­tance of “Holo­caust ed­u­ca­tion in the UK to help ex­pose and con­front the cur­rent ex­trem­ism and an­tisemitism based on anti-Zion­ism, both from the right and the left, by guard­ing the mem­ory of both vic­tims and sur­vivors”.

Mona Go­labek ad­dresses Yad Vashem UK Foun­da­tion sup­port­ers

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