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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 Wagner Violin

This fine, high-quality instrument belonged to a member of the Palestine Orchestra, created in 1936 by Bronisław Huberman. Along with other violins in this collection, it played a key role in the formation of this historic ensemble, which in 1948 was renamed the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
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The Yaakov Zimmerman Violin (1920)

This violin was found in very bad condition. The varnish was almost nonexistent, and it gave the impression of having been played most of the time in open air, rain or shine. It was meticulously repaired over the period of eighteen months and now serves as a concert quality instrument.
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The Jacob Hakkert Violin

This is the first handmade violin by a famous Dutch-Jewish luthier, Jacob Hakkert, who studied in Mirecourt, in the north of France. He joined the family business in Rotterdam, Holland, ca. 1910, making violins, violas and cellos.
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Attend performances, exhibits, and activities throughout Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Philharmonic: Violins of Hope

Saturday, November 23 2019 at 7:30 pm

Closing Concert  

Andrew Constantine, conductor 
Igor Yuzefovich, violin 

Sixteen violins that survived the Holocaust. Three composers banned by the Nazis. Violins of Hope tell stories of defiance, resilience, and legacy, a testament to the power of music.

Bricht – Verwehte Blätter, Op. 18b (8 Small Pieces for Orchestra)
Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 
Williams – Main Theme from Schindler’s List
Mahler – Symphony No. 1 in D major, “Titan”

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