Violins of Hope

Instruments for Unity


Reading, Pennsylvania

Events and Programs November 1-14, 2021


A Stunning Exhibit of the Strings of the Holocaust

Plus two weeks of moving events throughout Berks County.



Violins of Hope Reading is a collaborative effort by organizations across Berks County. Each instrument in this collection belonged to an individual with their own unique and personal story. We hope you will learn and share their stories, as an act of remembrance for the many victims of the Holocaust.

Just like our diverse community, these violins and the individuals who played them, came from many different countries and a variety of experiences and faiths. They are connected through music and its ability to speak beyond differences in language, politics or religion. We present Violins of Hope Reading as the start of a community-wide conversation on unity and understanding.

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Violin Stories

"As long as they had their violins, they still had hope." ~ Dr. James Grymes, Author, Violins of Hope

The Weichold Violin

Along with several others in the Violins of Hope collection, this fine, high-quality instrument belonged to a member of the Palestine Orchestra, created in 1936 by Bronisław Huberman. His vision to create an all-Jewish orchestra saved the lives of many musicians and their families because he was able to help them escape Europe during the rise of Nazism.
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The American Soldier Violin

The reconstruction of this violin is dedicated to the memory of the American soldiers who alongside other Allies fought against the Nazis, all those who died so that others could live free.
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The Feivel Wininger Violin

Before the Holocaust, Feivel Wininger lived in Romania with his elderly parents, wife and baby daughter Helen. In October 1941, he and thousands of other Jews were deported by train to the swampland of Transnistria and further into Ukraine. The exodus was harsh, with much suffering and horror, but he never gave up. After settling in the Ukrainian ghetto of Shargorod, Wininger found a way to survive. A famous judge who also happened to be an amateur violinist recognized him as the gifted child-violinist he had seen years ago.
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Attend performances, exhibits, and activities throughout Reading

The Science of Sound with Violins of Hope

645 Penn St, Reading, PA 19601

How does a piece of wood become a singing musical instrument? Join Avshi Weinstein, curator of the Violins of Hope exhibit, to learn how violins are made and the science behind sound!

Opening of Violins of Hope Exhibit at Alvernia University

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Violins of Hope exhibit opening at Alvernia University with remarks by Avshi Weinstein, curator of Violins of Hope collection. Located in Building #12. Invitation only event.

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“The Song of Names” Screening

Tim Roth and Clive Owen star in François Girard's (The Red Violin) sweeping historical drama, about a man searching for his childhood best friend, - a violin prodigy orphaned in the Holocaust - who vanished decades before on the night of his first public performance. 

Click here to view the movie trailer

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"For the dead and the living, we must bear witness." Elie Wiesel