one story can change the world.

Experience the inspirational story of Holocaust survivor Lisa Jura, brought to life by her daughter, Mona Golabek.

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one performance can change the world.

Experience the inspirational story of Holocaust survivor Lisa Jura, brought to life by her daughter, Mona Golabek.

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together we can change the world.

Experience the inspirational story of Holocaust survivor Lisa Jura, brought to life by her daughter, Mona Golabek.

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embracing hope. empowering change.

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about the foundation

The Hold On To Your Music Foundation shares a universal story of hope that transcends all backgrounds, empowering generations with knowledge, understanding and the will to make a positive impact. Since its founding, Mona Golabek has traveled the globe to share her mother’s inspirational story through books, music and the performing arts. Her fervent mission is to spread messages of hope, empathy, and resilience, encouraging people to hold on to their dreams and reach their full potential.

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what people are saying

“A stirring case of art preserving life… Golabek sitting down at the Steinway piano is enough to make your mouth fall open with a certain wonder at the way of the world.”

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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what people are saying

The Children of Willesden Lane will enrich the lives of thousands of educators, and perhaps millions of students.”

JOHN SNYDER, ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY, NEVADA

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what people are saying

“Lisa Jura inspired me to dream the impossible dream and never give up when you think all is lost. This book teaches people to use the gifts God gave them to inspire others.”

AMANDA, STUDENT FROM KANSAS

USC SHOAH FOUNDATION PARTNERSHIP

 

14-year-old Holocaust survivor Lisa Jura’s universal story of bravery and resilience transforms classrooms around the world in an interdisciplinary and multisensory learning experience from USC Shoah Foundation and Hold On To Your Music Foundation. Supported by the Koret Foundation, this suite of resources blends music, story and technology to reshape Holocaust education for primary and secondary school students.

  • Classroom-ready resources
  • Online professional development
  • Innovative technology
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WILLESDEN PROJECT LAUNCHES ON DISCOVERY EDUCATION!

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Your donation will be used solely to support and grow the mission of the Hold On To Your Music Foundation. Anchored in the inspiring story of Holocaust survivor Lisa Jura, the foundation fosters hope through the power of storytelling and music, enlightening people of all backgrounds with the knowledge that we can flourish and our dreams can thrive, even when faced with immense adversity.

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in the news

In the echoes of history, a story of humanity, hope

  ‘Follow your dreams. Be someone who stands up for what’s right in life.’ As published in The Boston Globe   The archbishop of Boston sits serenely and wordlessly beneath the soaring arches of the grand and nearly empty puddingstone church in the South End. His hands are folded quietly in his lap as Mona [...]

MAKING A NEW LIFE: THE COURAGE OF A REFUGEE – VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP on Discovery Education

(Grades 3-9) Join us for a Virtual Field Trip that will dive into the history and legacy of the Kindertransport and explore with students what it means to be a refugee. Hear how refugees adjust to their new homes and cultures and celebrate the strength people can have in times of great change.

Concert Pianist Mona Golabek Brings Mother’s Story to Generation of Young Readers

Two new books published capture the extraordinary story of Lisa Jura, an Austrian Jewish refugee who survived the Holocaust and then pursued her dream to become a concert pianist. Hold on To Your Music and Lisa of Willesden Lane are authored by Jura’s daughter Mona Golabek, herself a virtuoso concert pianist and radio host. Since early 2020, USC Shoah Foundation […]