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Violins of hope: violins of the Holocaust, instruments of hope and liberation in mankind's darkest hour

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Publisher:
Harper Perennial,
Pub. Date:
[2014]
Edition:
FIRST EDITION.
Language:
English
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A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and the Israeli violin maker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life.

The violin has formed an important aspect of Jewish culture for centuries, both as a popular instrument with classical Jewish musicians--Jascha Heifetz, Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman--and also a central factor of social life as part of the enduring Klezmer tradition. But during the Holocaust, the violin assumed extraordinary new roles within the Jewish community. For some musicians, the instrument was a liberator; for others, it was a savior that spared their lives. For many, the violin provided comfort in mankind's darkest hour, and, in at least one case, helped avenge murdered family members. Above all, the violins of the Holocaust represented strength and optimism for the future.

In Violins of Hope, music historian James A. Grymes tells the amazing, horrifying, and inspiring story of the violins of the Holocaust, and of Amnon Weinstein, the renowned Israeli violinmaker who has devoted the past twenty years to restoring these instruments in tribute to those who were lost, including 400 members of his own family. Juxtaposing tales of individual violins with one man's harrowing struggle to reconcile his own family's history and the history of his people, it is a poignant, affecting, and ultimately uplifting look at the Holocaust and its enduring impact.

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subject_facet Holocaust victims -- Biography, Jewish musicians -- Europe -- Biography, Musical instruments -- Maintenance and repair -- History -- 20th century, Violinists -- Europe -- Biography
title_display Violins of hope : violins of the Holocaust, instruments of hope and liberation in mankind's darkest hour
title_full Violins of hope : violins of the Holocaust, instruments of hope and liberation in mankind's darkest hour / James A. Grymes
title_short Violins of hope :
title_sub violins of the Holocaust, instruments of hope and liberation in mankind's darkest hour
topic_facet History, Holocaust victims, Jewish musicians, Maintenance and repair, Musical instruments, Violinists