My name is Mona Golabek and I am thrilled to welcome you to The Community of Willesden Lane. I have been traveling across the country, bringing the message of my mother's story to students and teachers everywhere. It has been amazing to experience the letters, the projects, and the exuberant feelings of thousands who have read the book, The Children of Willesden Lane, and experienced the show based on the book. Now, we are excited to partner with MashPlant so that all of you can share with each other about the universal themes of Willesden Lane.
So, come into the community, share your feelings and your projects, inspired by the story of my mother, Lisa Jura. Together, let's light a fire and create a world without prejudice and intolerance, where every young person is free to pursue his or her dream.
"My Mother's Story" - A RADIO Broadcast Special by WFMT Chicago
Based on her book, The Children of Willesden Lane, the Willesden Lane Mother’s Day Special tells the story of Ms. Golabek’s own mother, a Jewish teenager living in Vienna just before the start of WWII who holds on to her music and her dreams to survive one of the darkest periods in world history. Told through Ms. Golabek’s own words and performances, Willesden Lane features a selection of classical music favorites, including Clare de Lune, the Moonlight Sonata, the Grieg Piano Concerto and many others. Joining Ms. Golabek are her special guests, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. The WFMT Radio Network is proud to present this new adaptation of Ms. Golabek’s story for radio listeners and gratefully acknowledges the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, the Hold On To Your Music Foundation, the Pritzker Foundation and the contributions of Helen and Sam Zell, as well as the Honorable Fay Hartog-Levin and Dan Levin.