On December 3, North Broward Preparatory was fortunate to host Violins of Hope, Strings of the Holocaust. The event featured renowned violinist, Gary Levinson, Sr. Principal Associate Concertmaster, The Dallas Symphony, and premier musicians who performed compositions from Jewish culture and heritage during the plight in concentration camps.
During the Holocaust, violins served as a rare form of solace and comfort to the Jews during a time of great despair and horror. Violinist in concentration camps were sometimes treated better and spared because of their ability to play this instrument. Violins of Hope follows the lives of these violinists and the journey of violinmaker Amnon Weinstein in his efforts to restore violins recovered during the Holocaust. The violins are artifacts of the Holocaust that Weinstein named Violins of Hope and serve as testament to the human spirit and the power of music.
The musical selections chronicle the journey of the instruments form Weinstein’s small workshop in Tel Aviv, Israel, where the violins were restored, to the United States where they were on display and used as a teaching tool.
North Broward Preparatory was honored to be able to bring this learning opportunity outside of the classroom to our community.