Strings of the Holocaust

Defiance, Resilience, Legacy

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Events and Programs November 9-24

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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.

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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 Klezmer Violin

This lovely violin was originally made for a klezmer musician. The restoration work is dedicated to siblings Wolf and Bunia Rabinowitz, both gifted young violinists. They played multiple concerts in the Vilna ghetto during World War II, and were murdered with the last residents of the ghetto, most likely in the forest of Ponar, about 10 km outside the city.
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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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Events

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 kayleenreusser.com for more information about her work.

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A Conversation with James Grymes about Violins of Hope

Sunday, November 10 2019 at 2:00 pm

PBS39 President and General Manager Bruce R. Haines will moderate a book discussion that combines an interview with the author and questions from audience members about the book. Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and of the Israeli violin maker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life.

 

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