The Violins of Hope are a collection of musical instruments that have survived concentration camps, pogroms, and many long journeys. They now travel the world, sharing remarkable stories of injustice, suffering, resilience and survival.
Violins have been an important part of Jewish culture for centuries and assumed a greater role during the Holocaust, when they provided comfort and connection during unthinkable challenges. Violins of Hope brings to the community 60 instruments to tell their story of hope and the resilience of the human spirit. Israeli master violinmaker, Amnon Weinstein has spent the last two decades locating and restoring violins that were played by Jewish musicians killed in the Holocaust.
This October, The Violins of Hope will make their first visit to Louisville. At the Filson, Avshi Weinstein will tell the story of how the violins were painstakingly pieced back together, restoring both their music and the memories of their former owners, including some who made new homes in this area. Following the presentation, one of the Violins of Hope will be played for the participants’ enjoyment and reflection.