Violins of Hope

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Violins of Hope
FounderAmnon Weinstein
TypeNon-profit corporation
Region served

The Violins of Hope collection is a collection of Holocaust related string instruments in Tel Aviv, Israel. The instruments serve to educate and memorialize the lives of prisoners in concentration camps through concerts, exhibitions and other projects.[1] The collection is owned by father and son team Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein, who are both violin makers.

Concerts and exhibitions[edit]

In the first decade of the new millennium, Weinstein started to use the instruments of the Violins of Hope collection to initiate concerts combined with educational events teaching about the Holocaust.

Year Location and Musicians
2008 Jerusalem, Israel: Symphonette Orchestra and the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra with Shlomo Mintz[2]
2010 Switzerland, SION International Music Festival. Exhibition of selected instruments and concert with Shlomo Mintz[3]
2011 Madrid, Spain, concert on occasion of International Remembrance Day with Shlomo Mintz, Cihat Askin, Hillel Zori, Sander Sittig, Enrique Perez and Emilio Navidad[4]

Maastricht, Netherlands: concert with Amati Ensemble and photo exhibition[5]

2012 Charlotte, North Carolina: extensive program at the UNC Charlotte with concerts, exhibition, film screenings et al.[6]
2013 Monaco: Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo, conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti, with Schlomo Mintz[7]
2014 Rome, Italy

Villa Musica, Neuwied: Exhibition and concerts with Gil Sharon and Elina Gurewitz[8][9]

2015 Berlin, Germany: Exhibition and concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Simon Rattle[10]

Cleveland, Ohio: Exhibitions and concert with members of the Cleveland Orchestra, ongoing project[11]

2016 Monterrey, Mexico: Concert with Esperanza Azteca Orchestra, conducted by Yoel Levi with Shlomo Mintz and Cihat Askin[12]

Houston, Texas[13]

2017 Jacksonville, Florida: concert with members of the Jacksonville Symphony, part of a month long Anne Frank exhibit[14]

Sarasota, Florida: concert and exhibition[15]

London, England: concert and fundraiser

Washington, DC, Library of Congress[16]

Bucharest, Romania: concert with, among others, Gil Sharon and Hillel Zori[17]

2018 Cincinnati, Ohio: The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Louis Langrée; The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra conducted by Eckart Preu[18]

Dachau, Germany

Nashville, Tennessee: Exhibition and concert[19]

Dresden, Germany[20]

Dortmund, Germany[21]

2019 Knoxville, Tennessee: Exhibit and concert with Knoxville Symphony Orchestra[22]

Phoenix, Arizona: Exhibits and concert February through March[23]

Auschwitz, Poland: musical interludes were performed on selected instruments during the opening ceremony for the exhibition "Through the Lens of Faith"[24]

2021 Richmond, Virginia: Exhibits and concert with the Richmond Symphony[25]

Reading, Pennsylvania: Exhibits and concerts with Reading Symphony Orchestra and local colleges[26]

2022 Portland, Maine: Exhibits and concerts with the Portland Symphony Orchestra[27]


  1. ^ Brown, Kellie D. (2020). The sound of hope: Music as solace, resistance and salvation during the holocaust and world war II. McFarland. pp. 292–293. ISBN 978-1-4766-7056-0.
  2. ^ Rabinovitch, Ari "Jerusalem concert features violins saved from Nazis",, 24.09.2008
  3. ^ Stephens, Thomas "Violins of Hope keep Holocaust memory alive",, 03.09.2010
  4. ^ "VoH - Madrid, January 27, 2011",, 04.12.2011
  5. ^ "Amati Tefaf concert",, 24.03.2011
  6. ^ Garfield, Ken "Violins of Hope: Notes from the Holocaust", Charlotte Magazine, 20.02.2012
  7. ^ "Violins of Hope at the Grimaldi Forum", Monte Carlo SBM, May 2013
  8. ^ "Eine Stimme verleihen", Blick Aktuell, 25.09.2014
  9. ^ "Violins of Hope bei Villa Musica",, 14.11.2014
  10. ^ "Violins of Hope: an exhibition and the Berlin Philharmonie", The Strad, 27.01.2015
  11. ^ Zaleski, Anne "Violins of Hope: See Fully-Restored Holocaust-Era Violins on Display and in Concert only in Cleveland",, 25.09.2015
  12. ^ "The Violin of Shlomo Mintz in México", Belén Alonso Management, 14.02.2016
  13. ^ Elliot, Amber "Holocaust Museum marks 20 years, pays tribute to the Bielski brothers", Houston Chronicle, 10.06.2016
  14. ^ "Jacksonville Symphony to present Violins of Hope concert", Ponte Vedra Recorder, 08.12.2016
  15. ^ Kipling, Kay "Violins of Hope comes to the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee", Sarasota Magazine, 26.01.2017
  16. ^ "Violins of Hope", The Library of Congress webcast
  17. ^ Butu, Alina Grigoras "Violins of Hope heated up the Romanian Athenaeum's stage to mark Israel's 69th anniversary", The Romania Journal, 26.04.2017
  18. ^ Zipperstein, Leah "Violins that survived the Holocaust have come to Cincinnati for a One-Night Only concert", Cincinnati Refined, 21.01.2018
  19. ^ Bliss, Jessica "Violins of Hope: Master luthiers, father and son, restore instruments played during The Holocaust", Tennessean, 13.04.2018
  20. ^ Rögner, Katharina "Geigen gegen das Vergessen", Jüdische Allgemeine, 7.11.2018
  21. ^ Elling, Elisabeth "Geigen von Holocaust-Opfern im Konzerthaus Dortmund: Violins of Hope",, 12.11.2018
  22. ^ McRary, Amy "Violins of Hope exhibit: When a musical instrument is more than its sound", knox news, 09.01.2019
  23. ^ Blomquist, Mala "The Valley's connection to the Violins of Hope", Arizona Jewish Life, 31.01.2019
  24. ^ Davis, Barry "Auschwitz Exhibit shows how Prisoners used Faith to Survive", The Jerusalem Post, 04.07.2019
  25. ^ "Violins of Hope VA". Violins of Hope VA. 2021. Retrieved November 8, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  26. ^ "Violins of Hope PA - Events". Violins of Hope PA. 2021. Retrieved November 8, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  27. ^ "Violins of Hope Maine". Portland Symphony Orchestra. 2021. Retrieved August 3, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

Further reading[edit]

  • Dutlinger, Anne D. (2001). Art, Music and Education as Strategies for Survival: Theresienstadt 1941-1945, Herodias.
  • Gilbert, Shirli. Music in the Holocaust: Confronting Life in the Nazi Ghettos and Camps, Oxford University Press.
  • Grymes, James A. (2014). Violins of Hope - Violins of the Holocaust - Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind's Darkest Hours, Harper Perennial.
  • Karas, Joza (1985). Music in Terezin 1941-1945, Beaufort Books.
  • Laks, Szyman (2000). Music of Another World (Jewish Lives), Northwestern University Press.
  • Newman, Richard; Kirtley, Karen (2003). Alma Rose: Vienna to Auschwitz, Amadeus Press.

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