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September 14th, 2009

jura

Today I read "The Children of Willesden Lane" by the concert pianist Mona Golabek and her co-author Lee Cohen.
She tells the story of her mother, Lisa Jura, who at 14, a budding pianist, left her native Vienna on the the Kindertransport to escape the Nazi persecution.

I read the story of young Lisa witnessing Kristallnacht, the Nazi pogrom in 1938. The stories were familiar to me, from other reading, but they gained particular poignancy when told from the narrative viewpoint of a 14 year old daughter. I walked from a lunch place to my office, thinking about the horrible wrongs people do to one another. I thought, too, of the importance of helping good things endure, and how life so often permits the chance to try to resist evil and promote good.