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"Violins of Hope"

March 18, 2017
Title: "Violins of Hope"Venue: Library of Congress, Pickford Theater / WashingtonCategory: MusicDate: 03.23.2017 - 03.23.2017Time: 12.00 hDescription:   Special Event: The Library of Congress will present "Violins of Hope" with a lecture by Amnon Weinstein and his son Avshalom, followed by a musical performance by Hannah Tarley in the Pickford Theater on March 23 at 12 noon. The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.​ Amnon Weinstein has spent the last two decades locating and restoring violins that were played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. After growing up to become one of the most respected violin makers in the world, Weinstein started locating violins that were played by Jews in the camps and ghettos and repaired them so they could be brought to life again on the concert stage. Although most of the musicians who originally played the instruments were silenced by the Holocaust, their voices and spirits live on through the violins. He calls these instruments the Violins of Hope. Ammon's son Avshalom will tell the personal story behind the violins that they are bringing. A musical performance using one of the rescued violins will be given by world-renowned violinist Hannah Tarley. (Above picture: Amnon Weinstein, left picture: Avshalom Weinstein). The program is presented by the European Division and the Hebrew Language Table at the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Rabin Chair Forum at George Washington University. Location: Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building Pickford Theater (3rd floor, LM 302) 101 Independence Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20540 For more information about Violins of Hope, please visit: For more information about the event, contact Gail Shirazi,, or Galina Teverovsky,   ADA accommodations 5 days in advance (202) 707-6362 TTY or