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Sunday, February 10 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust

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Violins of the Holocaust – Strings of the Holocaust

Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust.  Israeli violinmaker, Amnon Weinstein, has devoted the last 20 years to locating and restoring the violins of the Holocaust as a tribute to those who were lost.  He has restored over 60 violins as a way to give voice to the victims and reinforce positive messages of hope and harmony.
Each violin has its own unique and inspiring story and through them we learn about the Holocaust in a deeply personal way.  These instruments serve not only as powerful reminders of an unimaginable experience but also reinforce lessons of tolerance, inclusion, and diversity.  Over 30 of the violins will be in the Valley of the Sun from late February through March 2019 and will be on public display and played in concerts throughout the Valley.
At Limmud, we will share an excerpt of a PBS-produced documentary Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust as well as present materials about several of the violins featured in the National Jewish Book Awards winner, Violins of Hope.  Participants will learn about Motele Schlein’s violin that was played by the 12-year old boy while he was in the Partisans.  Participants will learn how his violin played an important role in sabotaging German soldiers.  We will also learn about the violin of Feivel Wininger from Romania and how his violin helped keep a family alive during the Holocaust.
Information will be made available about concerts, book talks and exhibits where the public can see the violins.


Sheryl Bronkesh

Sheryl Bronkesh is the president of Phoenix Holocaust Association.  Previously, she was chair of Generations After, a program for descendants of Holocaust survivors.  Sheryl is a frequent speaker on the topic of the Holocaust and growing up with survivor parents.  She holds an... Read More →

Ruth Rotkowitz

Ruth Rotkowitz has taught English on both the college and high school levels. She is also a freelance writer who has published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The Violins of Hope project speaks to her dedication to Holocaust education.

Sunday February 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am MST
241A Ventana A

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