Reading Symphony Orchestra finishes ‘Violins of Hope’ with gorgeous, thought-provoking concert

During a lecture last Thursday at Albright College, James A. Grymes, author of the book “Violins of Hope,” recalled a dinner he had in Israel with Amnon Weinstein. Weinstein restored the violins that Grymes wanted to write about, historic violins connected to the Holocaust and Jewish life in Europe. Weinstein was curious that Grymes wanted to write about the subject, despite not being Jewish. Grymes responded that the stories of the violins were not Jewish or gentile, but of interest to all of humanity.

The prevailing idea of “Violins of Hope,” the series of Holocaust events and exhibitions that have taken place in Berks County over the last two weeks, is that of the importance of humanizing the victims of the Nazis. When we see a number as staggering as 6 million Jews killed, it is difficult to take into account that these were 6 million human beings with names, faces, hopes, dreams and families.

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Wes Cipolla
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