The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival by Mona Golabek & Lee Cohen called to me because it offered a view of World War II and the Holocaust that I hadn’t seen before. It is the tale of the children that escaped the German atrocities before Hitler started rounding up and killing.
The book is written like a film and played out visually in my head as I read of Golabek’s struggle to adapt to life in a foreign land (England) after being one of the lucky ones sent away shortly after Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass.)
The book keeps you interested in the tale of a little girl’s love for her music and the role it played in keeping her (and those around her) going when separated from everyone she ever knew.
I know I mentioned it already but I really want to see this made into a film.
by Chris Doelle