During Nazi rule, the Berlin Philharmonic was the "Reichsorchester." 70 years later, the orchestra played a memorial concert on violins once owned by Holocaust victims and survivors. An Israeli is first violin.
The artworks created in concentration camps are usually appreciated for their testimonial value. An exhibition in the German Parliament, the Bundestag, aims to change this limited perception.
Auschwitz is symbolic for the death, murder and suffering that occurred during the Holocaust. Our images of the camps, in part passed on through art, are essential to remembering and working through the past.
The violin maker, Amnon Weinstein, has preserved a unique heritage in Tel Aviv: He has collected and repaired violins of Jewish musicians who fled from the Nazis in Germany or who survived the Holocaust.Thus was born Violins of Hope - a concert to be performed this evening at the Berlin Philharmonic.
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