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Author: James Grymes • "VIOLINS OF HOPE"
Musicologist James A. Grymes will discuss his book, Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour. An inspiring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Israeli violin maker, Amnon Weinstein, is dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life. Violins of Hope is the winner of 2014 National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category.
Alexander Jimenze Music Director & Conductor Keith Dodson, Assistant Conductor Greg Saur, cello a concert inspired by "Violins of Hope," a book by James A. Grymes, in partnership with the Holocaust Education Resource Council. Click Here to Download Printable PDFFind out more »
This professional development session will give you the tools to teach and initiate important discussions about the complex lessons of the Holocaust. In exploring classroom-tested strategies that can be implemented in your classroom, you will leave with increased confidence and effective materials to tackle the tough questions your students have about this subject. The why. The how.Find out more »
In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism – but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to…Find out more »
The powerfully told story of a group of German Jews desperately seeking American visas to escape Nazi Germany, and an illuminating account of America's response to the refugee crisis of the 1930's and 40’s. In October 1940 the Gestapo expelled 6,504 Jews from southwest Germany, creating the first official “Jewish free zone” in the Third Reich. Interned in concentration camps in Vichy France, the deportees set out on a multi-year quest to acquire American visas. One in four eventually managed…Find out more »