Violins of Hope

Daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Gallery

Violins of Hope features a selection of seven violins from a collection of more than sixty that survived the Holocaust and have been restored by violin maker Amnon Weinstein and his son, Avshalom, in Tel Aviv since the end of World War II.

Back of restored klezmer violin dedicated to Wolf and Bunia Rabinowitz, a brother and sister, who played multiple concerts in the ghetto of Vilna during the Second World War. Both were killed with the last members of the ghetto.

One violin survived the horrors of Dachau and Auschwitz; another is dedicated to a brother and sister who played concerts in the ghetto of Vilna; and a third recalls the powerful attraction of a klezmer band to a young boy who escaped Eastern Europe and would later open a violin shop in Israel.

Each violin has its own story of resilience and survival. Together they remind us that no matter how diverse we may be, we share the desire to live with dignity, to be treated fairly and kindly, and to express ourselves freely.

A companion exhibition featuring violins from the Violins of Hope collection will be on display at the Virginia Holocaust Museum.

Violins of Hope is presented by Dominion Energy and Weinstein Properties.