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:

  • EDUCATION - Avshi Weinstein, Violins of Hope founder and educator, along with The Violins and Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Musicians will visit East Tennessee middle and high schools. Reaching tens of thousands of students, this educational program will bring the violins’ stories to life and will discuss the importance of tolerance, hope and resilience.
  • EXHIBITION - Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust will be exhibited at the UT Downtown Gallery from January 4-27, 2019. This educational and historical exhibition will be designed by world renowned architect and exhibition designer, Lou Gauci and will lead visitors through the horrors of the Holocaust as well as the hope of the violins with a message of tolerance and resilience.
  • PERFORMANCES – On January 23rd and 24th, the Violins of Hope will be played by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in two performances at the Tennessee Theatre where Hallerin Hilton Hill will narrate and dramatic readings will bring the stories of the violins alive.
  • COMMUNITY EVENTS – A yearlong partnership with local nonprofit organizations, will continue the conversation of social justice, hope, resilience and tolerance—through community initiatives and service opportunities throughout 2019.

We hope that you will accept our invitation to sponsor a violin for this powerful and transformational event.

Contact us to sponsor a Violin in Violins of Hope. Click here to download a full violin sponsorship packet.

Sponsor a Violin


  • Your name will be associated with a violin in the Violins of Hope Knoxville exhibition and/or performance.
  • Your name will be listed in the Violins of Hope Knoxville performance program alongside your violin’s story.
  • Your name will be listed alongside your violin on the Violins of Hope Knoxville website.
  • VIP seating for two (2) to one of Violins of Hope Knoxville performances (January 23, 24).
  • Seating for two (2) to Violins of Hope Knoxville VIP reception.

Opportunities listed on the sponsorship levels above are subject to print deadlines.