Thou­sands of pupils take part in Holo­caust his­tory story pro­ject

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY EL­LIE JA­COBS

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.

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