Mama and I climbed aboard. I waved to Papa until he was only a tiny speck in the distance. The train turned the curve, and he was gone.The powerful autobiographical account of a young girls’ struggle as a Jewish refugee in England from 1939–1945.
Olga Levy Drucker was born in Germany in 1927, but her life was disrupted by the events in Europe in the 1930s. Her mother arranged for her to be part of the Kindertransport, through which 10,000 Jewish children were sent to live with English families. After World War II, she made her way to New York, in 1945, where she was reunited with her family.
“One of the World War II reminiscences that middle school readers will devour.” —School Library Journal“Memorable and moving.” —Publishers Weekly“An autobiographical account--compelling in its authentic details--of the author’s WWII years as a Jewish refugee in England.” —Kirkus Reviews
This is a Heroine's journey during time of war. From Vienna, the city of music, to a little house outside London, where Lisa Jura will find safety & a piano where she can continue her mother's legacy.It is the memories of the descent into the hell that Adolph Hitler visited upon the people of Europe, upon the life of one girl with a huge talent & a family who sent her away that she might survive.It is memories of danger & death, as well as hope & the goodness in people's hearts, & how a dream made a girl brave & true to her heritage.THE CHILDREN OF WILLESDEN LANE is passionate, engaging & charming, destined to find its place beside THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK.
The Children of Willesden Lane is a remarkable, transporting story, at once upllifting and heartbreaking. I'm a better person for reading it. The authors' flawless narrative style facilitates a "can't put the book down" memoir read. After grabbing their readers' hearts, Golabek and Cohen seize their readers' minds with a cogent, compassionate, and otherworldly understanding of the intricacies of living a life in music, and its accordant near-mystical ability to bring humanity as close as it can get to the divine. Such are Golabek's and Cohen's gifts that one can almost hear the music coming from the pages of The Children of Willisden Lane. I loved this book. It is a gift.
Anne Frank's parents turned down the chance to send their daughters to England before the war, not recognizing the imminent danger until it was too late. Lisa Jura's parents did recognize that danger and took advantage of an empty seat on the Kindertransport to send Lisa to the relative safety of the English countryside. Several other reviews have noted the "can't put it down" quality of this wonderful story. I must add my agreement to that sentiment! The only interruptions in my reading were stopping to play at least a snippet of the Chopin, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff pieces on my CDs, so I could follow Lisa's enjoyment of them even better! This book should be used by all teachers who teach Anne Frank's story, as it is a beautiful look at the life Anne herself might have had had her parents only seen the danger in time.
Kindertransport is a straightforward yet touching account of a child's life interrupted by prejudice and war. The author brings to life her experiences as an adolescent refugee in a foreign land far away from her home and family. This first person account of a child's witness to history is targeted for middle school students but is a riveting read for older childrena and adults as well.
I read this book when I was learning about the Holocaust in the fifth grade. I was fortunately enough to meet the author and listen to her tell her story in her own voice. It is truly a remarkable story about the lives of the Jewish children who were able to escape the terrible fate of so many others in Nazi Germany... I am in college now and taking a class on the Holocaust - I have never been able...
This was such a touching story. I picked it up in the morning and put it down 2 hours later done, i didnt get up once. It's touching. You feel her need and want of her mom it still brings tears to me eyes. read it.
“One of the World War II reminiscences that middle school readers will devour.” —School Library Journal“Memorable and moving.” —Publishers Weekly“An autobiographical accountcompelling in its authentic details