As ashes of the Holocaust fell to the ground, hope rose from the strings of violins.
The Knoxville Jewish Day School is honored to bring Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust to Knoxville in January 2019. Violins of Hope is a collection of over 50 restored violins that were played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. These instruments have survived concentration camps, ghettos, pogroms and many long journeys to tell remarkable stories of injustice, suffering, resilience and survival. The collection was assembled and restored by Israeli master violin maker and restorer, Amnon Weinstein.
In some cases, the ability to play the violin spared Jewish musicians from more grueling labors or death. Nearly 50 years ago, Amnon heard such a story from a Holocaust survivor who brought him a violin for restoration. This man survived the Holocaust because his job was to play the violin while Nazi soldiers marched others to their deaths. When Amnon opened the violin’s case, he saw ashes. He thought of his own relatives who had perished, and was overwhelmed. Amnon put out a call for violins from the Holocaust that he would restore in hopes that the instruments would sound again. Violins of Hope was born.
This life-changing program will reach tens of thousands of people in our region through unique, inspirational, and interfaith multimedia events that will include:
We hope that you will accept our invitation to sponsor a violin for this powerful and transformational event.
Opportunities listed on the sponsorship levels above are subject to print deadlines.