Conclusion

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Here’s the conclusion of my talk about “Violins of Hope” a book about violins that were played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust.

Orchestras in Auschwitz

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Watch me speak about the orchestras in Auschwitz.

Motele Schlein

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Watch me tell the amazing story of Motele Schlein, a 12-year-old partisan who blew up a Nazi Soldiers Club using explosives he had hidden inside his violin case.

Ernst Glaser

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Watch me speak about Ernst Glaser, the Jewish concertmaster of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra who used his musical influence to escape a Nazi riot during a concert in Bergen in 1941.

Amnon Weinstein

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Watch me speak about Amnon Weinstein, the Israeli violinmaker who has spent the past two decades locating and restoring the Violins of Hope.

Epilogue

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Watch me read from the conclusion of Violins of Hope. The conclusion touches on themes that were first introduced in the book’s prologue.

Zol shoyn kumen di geule

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Watch me introduce a performance of “Zol shoyn kumen di geule,” written by Holocaust survivor to express hope and optimism for a better future.

Shimon Krongold’s Violin

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Watch me read about Shimon Krongold’s Violin, which along with a pre-war picture of Shimon holding the instrument is the only item of Shimon’s legacy that survived the Holocaust.

The Partisan Song

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Watch me introduce a performance of the Yiddish song “Zog nit keynmol,” which is widely recognized as “The Partisan Song.” During the Holocaust, the Partisan Song became something of an anthem of spiritual resistance in ghettos and concentration camps.

Motele Schlein’s Violin

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Watch me read excerpts from the sixth chapter of Violins of Hope. Chapter 6 discusses the amazing story of Motele Schlein, a 12-year-old Jewish partisan who blew up a Nazi Soldiers Club using explosives he had hidden inside his violin case.

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