Holocaust violins on display at Nashville library

Holocaust violins

This violin, handmade by Yaakov Zimmerman circa 1920, is decorated with five Stars of David, four on the face and one on the back. These decorations were crafted from glue mixed with black powder. Image courtesy Violins of Hope Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Violins that were once used to make music in concentration camps and ghettos during the Holocaust are now on display at the Nashville Public Library in Tennessee.

A library news release says the Violins of Hope collection of 26 instruments was put on display starting Monday after three performances by the Nashville Symphony.

Two Israeli luthiers, father and son Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein, spent decades finding and restoring the instruments.

The violins have been used in concert by orchestras around the world.

The exhibit at the library downtown will be open until May 27, except for April 9-14, when the instruments will be used in concerts in Birmingham, Alabama.

While the instruments are on display, 25 organizations will host events around Nashville about music, art, social justice and free expression.


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