Thousands of pupils take part in Holocaust history story project
MORE THAN 8,500 school pupils have taken part in one of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s biggest ever projects.
The children, aged between 10 and 13, filled Westminster Methodist Central Hall for five performances of The Children of Willesden Lane on Monday and Tuesday to learn about the history of the Kindertransport.
The show tells the story of Lisa Jura, one of those who was forced to flee her home in Vienna as a young girl.
The one-woman show was performed by concert pianist Mona Golabek, Ms Jura’s daughter.
Kindertransport refugees including 92-year-old Harry Bibring attended each performance.
Karen Pollock, HET chief executive, said: “We have all heard stories about the Holocaust but there is nothing like hearing from those who came to Britain on the Kindertransport, in their own words. This is why we have given students the chance to hear these stories first hand.”
In a postcard to Ms Golabek after the performance, one pupil said the experience had “touched mine — and every person in that theatre’s — heart. Thank you”.
Ms Golabek was performing the show in Britain for the first time after touring it in front of 250,000 children in the United States.
The show is part of HET’s Stories from Willesden Lane project.