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'Violins of Hope' author speaks at Holocaust Remembrance service


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - At a service remembering the Holocaust, an author spoke about how violins are telling the stories of those lost in tragedy.

In honor of Yom Hashoa, or Holocaust Rememberance Day, the author of "Violins of Hope," James A. Grymes, spoke to a group gathered at the Rifkin Campus Monday evening. 

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Violins of Hope project brings unique arts, cultural collaboration to city

The Journal Gazette

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Nashville Symphony Bids Farewell to Violins of Hope

Nashville Tennessean

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'Violins Of Hope': Instruments From The Holocaust


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Violins of Hope project creates an unprecedented coalition of Cleveland cultural institutions

Cleveland Classical

What may be the largest group of Cleveland cultural institutions ever to circle their wagons around a single project will come into play this fall when Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, The Cleveland Orchestra, Facing History and Ourselves, Ideastream, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage join together to present Violins of Hope Cleveland.

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‘Violins Of Hope’ Return To Berlin

The Canadian Jewish News

Having lost so many family members in the Holocaust, it wasn’t easy for Weinstein to return to Berlin as guest of honour for the concert. After all, this is the city where the extermination of the Jewish people was decided and planned. But the memorial concert, performed on instruments he had restored, obviously gave him a sense of a mission fulfilled as the “violins of hope” came back to Germany after a long absence.

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Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of instruments played during Holocaust

Paradise Valley Independent

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Violins of Hope

CBS Sunday Morning

When members of the Cleveland Orchestra recently sat down to perform, they faced a daunting task. This would be no ordinary concert: It would take place in an historic synagogue, and it would be played on instruments that had rarely been touched in more than 70 years.

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Press Releases

Amnon Weinstein and Violins of Hope Receive the Cramer award

The German-Israeli Society

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Violins of Hope Come to Fort Wayne, Indiana

Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne and Fort Wayne Philharmonic

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Violins of Hope Concerts and Events Coming to Bay Area in 2020

The Jewish News of Northern California

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Violins of Hope Make the Journey from the Holocaust to Birmingham

Alabama Newscenter

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Winston Churchill Conference Paired with Violins of Hope Concert


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Restoring Hope by Repairing the Strings of the Holocaust

PBS News Hour

At a music shop in Israel, a violin maker has been collecting stringed instruments once owned by inmates of Nazi concentration camps. Largely silent for seven decades, they now speak to the horrors of the Holocaust as part of a project called “The Violins of Hope.” Special correspondent David C. Barnett from WVIZ/PBS ideastream reports from Cleveland on a series of concerts and exhibits they inspired.

Violins of Hope

CBS Sunday Morning

Amnon Weinstein’ s father escaped Europe before World War II, but his family was not as lucky. Weinstein has honored the memories of those who perished in the Holocaust by restoring dozens of string instruments that were played by Jewish prisoners in Nazi concentration camps. The instruments were recently played in a special concert by the Cleveland Orchestra. Serena Altschul presents the remarkable story of the “Violins of Hope.”


May 17, 2019

Violins of Hope. Guest - Dr. James A. Grymes. This area's only in-depth, live, weekly news, analysis and cultural update forum, PrimeTime 39 airs Fridays at 7:30pm. This program is hosted by PBS39's President/General Manager Bruce Haines.


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Instruments of Hope

May 13, 2019

Students at New Tech Academy have been studying the Holocaust and creating their own Instruments of Hope - artistic, written, and visual works depicting the struggles of those brave men and women who used music to persevere through unimaginable hardships. They presented their Instruments of Hope, along with artwork, documentaries, and spoken word by students from the University of Saint Francis on Monday, May 13, 2019 at the University of Saint Francis Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center in Fort Wayne Indiana.

Other Community Commemorations

Violins of Hope Birmingham

A Community-Wide Alliance in Birmingham, Alabama, Forged Unprecedented Collaboration.

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Violins of Hope Cleveland

Case Western Reserve University, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage Unprecedented Collaboration: Violins of Hope Cleveland.

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Violins of Hope Nashville

The Nashville Symphony Brought the Violins of Hope to Nashville to facilitate a Citywide Dialogue about Music, Art, Justice, and Free Expression.

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Violins of Hope Sarasota-Manatee

Violins of Hope, presented by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and the Mazur Family Fund.

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