About Violins of Hope

Amnon Weinstein - Luthier


Program Overview


Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Each violin has its own unique and inspiring story that educates both young and old about the Holocaust in a deeply personal and emotional way. Today these instruments serve not only as powerful reminders of an unimaginable experience but also reinforce key lessons of tolerance, inclusion, and diversity that are essential for today and for future generations. 

The Violins of Hope have been featured in books, print, film and television. They have been used in lectures and educational programs and their stories and messages have impacted hundreds of thousands of individuals. They have been played in concert halls and exhibited in museums throughout the world and they will be in Phoenix  in February 2019. Through concerts, exhibition and education our community will have a variety of ways to experience Violins of Hope. 

Violins of Hope will be one of the largest programs in Maricopa County, reaching between 30,000 to 50,000 people in our community and bringing non-profit arts groups and other agencies together to collaborate on this project.

Program Founder


Israeli violinmaker, Amnon Weinstein, has devoted the last 20 years to locating and restoring the violins of the Holocaust as a tribute to those who were lost, including 400 of his own relatives. He calls these the Violins of Hope. 

Amnon was born in 1939, one year after his parents immigrated to Palestine. His father, Moshe, was a violinist and luthier and Amnon  followed in his father's footsteps, becoming one of the finest luthiers in the world. In the late 1980's, a man who played the violin in Auschwitz visited Amnon and asked if he would restore his violin. This man had not played the instrument since leaving the camp and wanted to get it restored for his grandson.  

Weinstein lovingly restored that first violin. From that day on, he had a new mission in life. He tracked down and restored scores of other violins played by Jews in ghettos, forest hideouts and concentration camp orchestras. For years, he worked alone in a cramped basement workshop in Tel Aviv, Israel. Then his son, Avshalom, added two more helping hands. Working together, they’ve now restored more than 60 violins as a way to reclaim their lost heritage, give a voice to the victims, and reinforce positive messages of hope and harmony. 

In the News


Recent Articles

The Fonzie you know wouldn't exist if Henry Winkler's parents hadn't escaped the Nazis

Gil Shaham in 'Violins of Hope' performed with instruments rescued from the Holocaust

Violins of Hope brings life back into Holocaust-era instruments 

 "Violins of Hope" tells stories of Jewish musicians during the Holocaust

Violin rescued from Holocaust is Phoenix-area family's cherished heirloom

A single violin closes a circle

'Violins Of Hope,' Which Restores Instruments Played During The Holocaust, Comes To Arizona

03-20-19 Legislative Update; Violins of Hope; Catalyst

Thousands of Valley students  to learn about the Holocaust  in new way 

The Arizona 100 - Violins of Hope coming to Arizona in 2019.

Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of instrument played during Holocaust

Violins of Hope bring story of Holocaust to campus

Strings of the Holocaust

The Valley's Connection to the Violins of Hope

Violins of Hope: Giving Voice to the Silenced

Violins of Hope Resonate with Stories of the Shoah

iheart radio: Violins of Hope featuring violins of the Holocaust

Arizona Jewish Life

Arizona Daily Sun, "Violins of Hope brings life back into Holocaust-era instruments"

Arizona Republic: "Gil Shaham performs with instruments from the Holocaust"

Violins of Hope’ Share Their Secrets and Their Music

Violins of Hope bring story of Holocaust to campus

Strings of the Holocaust


Violins from Holocaust Coming to Phoenix

Violins of Hope’ Share Their Secrets and Their Music

Violins of Hope resonate with stories of  Shoah

Moments of hope': ASU panel explores role of art and music during Holocaust

Violins that survived Holocaust being restored and used to educate public 

                January 14, 2019 at 5:23 am 


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