Strings of the Holocaust

Defiance, Resilience, Legacy


Coming to Fort Wayne

Events and Programs November 9-24



A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope comprise a collection of instruments that tell remarkable stories of the defiance, resilience, and legacy of Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and of the Israeli violinmaker dedicated to bringing these inspirational Strings of the Holocaust back to life.

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A Stunning Exhibit of the Strings of the Holocaust

Plus two weeks of moving events throughout Northeast Indiana.


Violin Stories

"As long as they had their violins, they still had hope." ~ Dr. James Grymes, Author, Violins of Hope

The Friedman Violin

Two sisters, aged 9 and 11, shared the same violin. Both took music lessons while their mother watched over them and ensured their studies. During the war, as they were transported from one place to another, they were separated from their parents, who kept the violin as a constant reminder of their talented daughters.
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The Bielski Violin

This violin was played by a klezmer musician. Music was one of the few art forms encouraged by Jewish tradition, and it was quite common for young children to play the violin.
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The Heil Hitler Violin

This instrument is presumed to have been owned by a Jewish musician or an amateur who, at some point, needed a minor repair job. The craftsman doing the repairs opened the violin for no apparent reason and inscribed on its upper deck the words “Heil Hitler, 1936,” alongside a swastika.
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Attend performances, exhibits, and activities throughout Fort Wayne

Families Lost and Found: Tracing My Viennese Roots After the Holocaust

Sunday, October 6 2019 at 2:00 pm

George R. Mather Lecture Series 
Irv Adler

Irv Adler will share an intriguing story about tracing his Viennese roots while searching for information about his grandmother and family. The discovery of letters written by his grandmother from 1938 to 1941 identified unknown relatives resulting in a poignant reunion. Irv will chronicle his family’s Holocaust story and the path followed to discover, meet, and become acquainted with long lost family members

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Bearing Witness: Holocaust Through the Eyes of Soldiers

Sunday, November 3 2019 at 2:00 pm

George R. Mather Lecture Series
Kayleen Reusser 

Noted author Kayleen Reusser has interviewed hundreds of World War II veterans and will tell stories of the Holocaust through their eyes. Shared will be stories from her three books, We Fought to Win: American World War II Veterans Share Their Stories; They Did It for Honor: Stories of American World War II Veterans; and We Gave Our Best: American World War II Veterans Tell Their Stories. Visit also for more information about her work.

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Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestras: The Violins Live On

Sunday, November 10 2019 at 4:00 pm

Troy Webdell, director

This concert features works by three Jewish composers linked to the Holocaust, giving voice to the violins that have survived and lived on.

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"For the dead and the living, we must bear witness." Elie Wiesel