Holocaust victims’ violins to be used in Monaco concert


(JTA) — The Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte-Carlo will perform a concert in Monaco featuring instruments of Jewish Holocaust victims.

Several violins belonging to Jews murdered by the Nazis will be played at Saturday’s concert at the Grimaldi Forum, and the stories of their owners will be told, according to a report in the Nice Matain French daily.

The Violins of Hope concert, initiated by Smadar Eisenberg, president of Friends of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte-Carlo association, obtained the instruments from the atelier of Amnon Weinstein, an Israeli violin maker who for years has been collecting and restoring musical instruments belonging to Holocaust victims.

Other biographies of musicians who lived through the Holocaust also will be told at the concert, the daily reported, including that of Alma Rose, a conductor of the Auschwitz women’s orchestra and niece to the composer Gustav Mahler.

Additionally, homage will be paid to Hans Krasa and Gideon Klein, Jewish musicians who continued to compose until their deaths in the Nazis’ gas chambers.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Hebrew University’s neurology research center.

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