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