Photo Essay: Violins of Hope comes to Fort Wayne

As one of the most respected violinmakers in the world, Amnon Weinstein spent two decades of his life finding and restoring violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust.

He turned his project into an international sensation that has become known as Violins of Hope, "a stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music."

As a traveling exhibition, Violins of Hope goes from city to city, collaborating with local artists, musicians, and organizations to inspire a series of cultural experiences and events, including: concerts, visual arts events, theater performances, public conversations, interfaith dialogues, readings, and educational activities.

From Nov. 9-23, Violins of Hope is in Fort Wayne. Input Fort Wayne's photographer Ray Steup captured some of the magic so far in a photo series below.

This week's events include: 

Jewish-Catholic Prayer Service | November 20 at 7:00 p.m. | St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church

Culinary Diplomacy: A Melody of Jewish Foods | November 21 at 6:00 p.m. | Joseph Decuis Farm

Fort Wayne Philharmonic: Violins of Hope | November 23 at 7:30 p.m. | Embassy Theatre

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The "Strings of the Holocaust" Exhibition at the University of St. Francis's John P. Weatherhead Gallery Nov. 9-Dec. 1

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra's performance of "The Violins Live" at the Rhinehart Music Center of Purdue Fort Wayne on Nov. 10

The "Violins of Hope: Stories of Defiance, Resilience, and Legacy" performance at the Allen County Courthouse on Nov. 14