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Violins of Hope Opens Today at VMHC

This powerful collection features more than 60 violins that survived the Holocaust and have been restored by violin maker Amnon Weinstein and his son, Avshalom (Avshi), in Tel Aviv since the end of World War II. 

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Violins of Hope is a touring exhibition dedicated to initiating deeper, more meaningful conversations about tolerance and social justice while educating people about the horrors of the Holocaust. This powerful collection features more than 60 violins that survived the Holocaust and have been restored by violin maker Amnon Weinstein and his son, Avshalom (Avshi), in Tel Aviv since the end of World War II. An Israeli violin shop owner and master craftsman, Amnon lost 400 family members in the Holocaust and became determined to reclaim his lost heritage by locating and restoring violins played by Jewish musicians during this period. He calls these instruments the Violins of Hope. 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.

Violins of Hope Richmond will feature a selection of violins from this collection on display simultaneously at the VMHC, the Virginia Holocaust Museum, and the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia, as well as an array of featured concerts with the Richmond Symphony, community concerts with local partners, and educational events. This is the first time that the exhibition has been in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

Companion exhibitions featuring violins from the Violins of Hope collection will be on display at the Virginia Holocaust Museum and the Black History Museum & Culture Center of Virginia.

  • The exhibitions are free, but there is a suggested donation of $6 per person at the first exhibition location visited. Reserve a timed ticket to visit the VMHC. And remember, VMHC members always receive free admission to the VMHC. (Not a member yet? Join today!)
  • Each museum will have violin lapel pins that visitors will receive upon their first visit and should wear at visits to the additional exhibitions at participating locations to indicate that a donation has already been made.

 

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