The Violins of Hope are a collection of restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during The Holocaust.

The Story

The Violins of Hope are a collection of more than 50 restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. These instruments have survived concentration camps, pogroms and many long journeys to tell remarkable stories of injustice, suffering, resilience and survival.

The Violins of Hope are now giving voice to the horrors of the Holocaust as part of a series of programs being held in cities in Europe, Israel and the United States. The Violins of Hope are being brought to Louisville to facilitate a citywide dialogue about music, art, social justice and free expression.

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These rare instruments will be on exhibit and open to the public at the Frazier History Museum,
October 17-27.

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Violins of Hope Founder

The Founder

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. His aim was to restore these violins, working along with his son, Avshi, painstakingly piecing them back together to hear them played again, restoring the memory of the nameless millions, including the musicians and artists who were lost. Today, their voices and spirits live on through the violins that Amnon and Avshi, have lovingly restored.

Amnon and Avshi call these instruments the Violins of Hope.

Violins of Hope is a monument to the six million people who can no longer speak.

Amnon Weinstein