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Levin
Hardcover (and E-book forthcoming)
$40.00 U.S. (trade discount)
164 pages with 84 color photographs by the author, 5 historic black-and-white photographs, 2 author photos, 2 news clippings, and 1 color drawing = 94 illustrations
ISBN: 978–1–938086–86–1
12.0" x 10.0"

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Forthcoming July 2021

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Violins and Hope: From the Holocaust to Symphony Hall
by Daniel Levin
Foreword by Franz Welser-Möst and an interview with Assi Bielski Weinstein

Published in association with the George F., Stephanie M., and George L. Traub Fund of the Jewish Foundation of Cleveland, Milton and Tamar Maltz Foundation, and Center for the Study of Place

This book chronicles the story of how violins from the Holocaust now sing in symphony halls!

Amnon Weinstein, a renowned Israeli luthier (violin maker), began a project more than fifty years ago that may be one of the most creative, effective, and magnificent approaches to understanding the Holocaust. Trained by three of the most revered Italian luthiers of the twentieth century, Weinstein's vision was to restore violins that survived the concentration camps and the ghettos of World War II, even when their owners often did not. To date, more than seventy violins have been restored to their highest playable condition.

Following restoration, these hauntingly beautiful instruments have been used in performances by symphonies in Berlin, Cleveland, Istanbul, London, Quebec, Paris, San Francisco, and many other cities throughout the world. Purposefully, Weinstein makes certain that young musicians as well as members of some of the world's most famed orchestras perform on the violins of hope to packed concert halls. In doing so, it's as if the past owners of the instruments return to fill the listener-observer's mind and body with joy and remembrance.

In Violins and Hope, Daniel Levin has made the most compelling and beautiful series of photographs documenting Weinstein's collection of violins that survived the Holocaust, his workshop in Tel Aviv, and his processes for restoration. This book is not only an artful rendering of a very special place, but a revelation of the ethereal. We see how Amnon Weinstein fulfills his dream of transforming tragic loss into triumph in the most inciteful and powerful way imaginable: bringing violins of the Holocaust back to life. The care that Daniel Levin has taken to share the beauties and idiosyncrasies of Amnon's workshop—and his uncanny ability to celebrate the beauty of light—is nothing short of remarkable.

The book's foreword is written by Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra since 2002 and one of the most acclaimed conductors of the twenty-first century. All too aware of his Austrian ancestry, Welser-Möst takes on our mutual history as no one else could. The book concludes with Levin's interview with Assi Bielski Weinstein, Amnon's wife and the daughter of Asael Bielski, who talks about the history of violins and the Holocaust, the Bielski partisans, and the enduring legacy of the Violins of Hope project.

 

 

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