“Violins of Hope” Author To Speak To Birmingham Community

    Musicologist and author James A. Grymes will speak Sunday afternoon at Temple Emanu-El about his book “Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour .”
    The book tells stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust and later restored to life by Israeli violin-maker Amnon Weinstein.
    The event takes place from 2-4 pm at Temple Emanu-El at 2100 Highland Avenue in Birmingham.  A book sale and signing will take place after the presentation. There is no charge and it is open to the community.
    “Violins of Hope,” a stirring testament to the strength of human spirit and the power of music, won the 2014 National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category.
    The restored violins will be a part of a four-day series of concerts, events, and educational programs in Birmingham from April 11-15 of next year.
    Gail and Jeffery Bayer are chairing the Violins of Hope Birmingham project, which will be a collaborative effort by some of our community’s organizations, including The Birmingham Holocaust Education Center, UAB’s Institute of Human Rights, Red Mountain Theatre Company and the Birmingham Jewish Federation.

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