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 Moshe Amiran Violin

This violin wasn’t made by hand, but rather by machine. Although it looks like an authentic instrument, it doesn’t produce any sound. This type of violin usually belonged to beggars who made believe they played, but actually sang the music.
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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 Feivel Wininger Violin

Before the Holocaust, Feivel Wininger lived in Romania with his elderly parents, wife and baby daughter Helen. In October 1941, he and thousands of other Jews were deported by train to the swampland of Transnistria and further into Ukraine. The exodus was harsh, with much suffering and horror, but he never gave up. After settling in the Ukrainian ghetto of Shargorod, Wininger found a way to survive. A famous judge who also happened to be an amateur violinist recognized him as the gifted child-violinist he had seen years ago.
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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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PrimeTime39: Violins of Hope Fort Wayne

Friday, November 1 2019 at 7:30 pm

Learn more about Violins of Hope and get a preview of the events surrounding its Fort Wayne exhibition in this conversation with project organizers Jaki Schreier, Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, and Jim Palermo, Managing Director, Fort Wayne Philharmonic. This program encores November 2, 6:30 pm and November 3, 8 pm on PBS39 Explore (39.4)

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