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South Carolina & Violins of Hope: Honoring Those who Perished in the Shoah

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Yom HaShoah week is a fitting time to highlight Israel’s Violins of Hope, its treasured musical tributes, and a group of Christians who are also focused on remembrance. Founded by Amnon Weinstein, he lovingly restores violins which lasted through the Holocaust. In their Tel Aviv workshop, Amnon and his son Avshi touch the violins with their skillful hands to help the violins sing again in concerts which win international accolades. Amnon is considered one of the world’s foremost luthiers. His medals and memberships internationally are extensive.

South Carolina’s state motto “While I breathe, I hope,” is also fitting with its group of citizens will lift up its meaning to new heights. A volunteer committee, both Jews and Christians, are already making sure the violinists who played their instruments while trapped in hell on earth will be remembered. The violinists uncovered beauty in the cavernous darkness of despair. Each violin has a story.

The South Carolina team began planning in late 2019. They are now in full swing for the Violins of Hope concerts and seminars since Covid-19 restrictions are easing. The statewide events will begin during Holocaust Remembrance week April 27/28, 2022. Violins of Hope’s restoration project now stands at more than eighty instruments. Its magnificent collection of Holocaust violins honors their owners who perished and those who survived. Amnon has gathered them since 1996.

“Our violins represent the victory of the human spirit over evil and hatred.”
Amnon Weinstein

Moshe Weinstein, Amnon’s father and mother made Aliyah from Poland in 1938 where he was a violinist and luthier. Amnon was born a year later in British........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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