Anything can be used as a symbol of hope. In this case, violin maker Avshi Weinstein, brought nine restored Holocaust violins, their stories, and a powerful message to encourage Winton Woods High School students. “Hope can be found in any circumstance,” said Weinstein. “Make sure you know your history and communicate with others so the past is not repeated. Share your story.” Each violin was restored by his family’s company, “Luthier: Violins of Hope” and serve as a symbol of hope and resistance.
Cincinnati’s Holocaust and Humanity Center orchestrated the event with Winton Woods world studies teacher Eva Rubin De Celis. “I wanted students to experience this for several reasons. The violins are part of history and it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see them and hear Mr. Weinstein speak. Also, we will soon be studying the Holocaust in class. Lastly, students are so involved with music in our district, I felt like it was a great opportunity to tie their interests in with history,” said Rubin De Celis. “I think the most powerful moment was having students play the violins and hear that music can be made from instruments that have overcome so much in our history.”