PBS39 has teamed up with Violins of Hope Fort Wayne, led by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne and Fort Wayne Philharmonic, to highlight the work of nearly 30 organizations from across the community in presenting the historic Violins of Hope to Northeast Indiana this fall. Violins of Hope comprise a collection of restored instruments played by Jewish musicians before and during the Holocaust. These instruments survived concentration camps, pogroms, and many long journeys and now tell remarkable stories of justice and free expression.
Learn more about Violins of Hope and get a preview of the events surrounding its Fort Wayne exhibition in this conversation with project organizers Jaki Schreier, Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, and Jim Palermo, Managing Director, Fort Wayne Philharmonic.
Violins of Hope, Strings of the Holocaust: Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 9:00 pm — Airing on 39.1
Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust, narrated by Academy Award-winner Adrien Brody, is a documentary featuring Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein and his efforts to restore violins recovered from the Holocaust. Some were played by Jewish prisoners in concentration camps; others belonged to the Klezmer musical culture, which was all but destroyed by the Nazis.
PrimeTime39: Author James Grymes, “Violins of Hope” Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm — Airing on 39.1
Musicologist and author James Grymes will discuss his chronicling of the beautiful and haunting history of violins played by Jews in the Holocaust. “Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust – Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour” received a National Jewish Book Award.
Eva A-7063: Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 9:00 pm– Airing on 39.1
At 10, she survived experiments by Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. At 50, she helped launch the biggest manhunt in history. Into her 80s, after decades of pain and anger, she traveled the world to promote what her life journey taught: Hope. Healing. Humanity. “Eva A-7063,” a documentary by Ted Green, Mika Brown and WFYI (Indianapolis) tells her full unvarnished story for the first time, inspiring viewers around the world.
A Call To Remember: Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 10:30 pm– Airing on 39.1
David Schaecter takes viewers on an emotional journey through his life story – from a bucolic childhood in Czechoslovakia to his and his brother Jakob’s struggle for survival in Auschwitz, and finally, to David’s dramatic escape from the Nazis. David, the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust, would eventually immigrate to the United States and help found the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach in hopes of educating a younger generation about World War II and the Holocaust. Through David’s story, viewers witness the cruelty of intolerance, but also the power and will of the human spirit.
PrimeTime39: Violins of Hope Fort Wayne – Avshalom Weinstein Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:30 pm– Airing on 39.1
Avshalom Weinstein is a third-generation violin maker and restorer. Weinstein’s paternal grandfather, Moshe, who immigrated to Israel in 1938, started to buy Holocaust violins after the war, when other Jewish immigrants, with no homes to return to, started also to make their way to Israel. Weinstein will discuss the preservation work that has become known as Violins of Hope and talks of several violins brought to Fort Wayne for the exhibition and performances. This program encores November 16, 6:30 pm and November 17, 8:00pm on PBS39 Explore (Channel 39.4).
In addition, PBS39 will be recording the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra concert at the Rhinehart Center For The Performing Arts, Purdue Fort Wayne on Sunday, November 10 for broadcast at a later date. That concert, entitled, “Violins of Hope: The Violins Live On,” features works by three Jewish composers linked to the Holocaust, giving a modern voice to the violins that have survived and lived on. Works by Lukas Foss, Erwin Schulhoff, and Philip Glass will be performed with special guests including Ashlee Bickley, mezzo-soprano, Shelby Lewis, narrator, Violetta Todorova, violin, and Kevin Wang, piano.