Violins From Holocaust Displayed in Charlotte

April 18, 2012 by  

The “Violins of Hope” exhibit opened Monday, April 16, 2012 at the University of North Carolina Center City in Charlotte, North Carolina. The exhibit displays 18 violins that were played in the Jewish communities in pre-World War II Europe. The University is no doubt using printing services to create posters and flyers to increase the public awareness of the exhibit which runs through April 20th and from April 22nd through April 24th.

As part of the program, there will be several performances using the violins and exhibits at other museums. Noted Violinist, Shlomo Mintz, will be participating in the final concert on April 21st at the Charlotte Symphony.

Some of the playing of the violins was at concentration camps, one of which having been Auschwitz, while other were involved in playing klezmer music, which is a Jewish folk music with a lively and soulful theme that was popular in the days before the Second World War in Europe.

Amnon Weinstein, a master violinist was responsible for restoring the violins and says that the violins one way that young people can be taught about the Holocaust, in which 11 million people were killed by the Nazi’s, 6 million of which were Jewish.

Weinstein feels that these violins can speak for the people who died in the Holocaust and hopes that the general public understands their significance. The “Violins of Hope” project was started by Weinstein in the 1990s as a result of his father’s efforts of buying violins from members of the Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra after World War II. Weinstein then began restoring them, as a way to take back ownership of these instruments from the Nazis and restore music as something to be enjoyed.