Violins of Hope an Insights Lecture featuring James Grymes

7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Join us for an evening that combines history, music, and community. Cincinnati welcomes internationally renowned musicologist James A. Grymes to discuss his book, Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour.  It has been hailed as “one of the most moving chronicles in the history of Western music” and has won a National Jewish Book Award.

A stirring 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, and of Amnon Weinstein, the Israeli violinmaker who brings these inspirational instruments back to life. Dr. Grymes will discuss the various roles the violin played in Jewish lives in ghettos and concentration camps by blending stories from Violins of Hope with scenes from the documentary Amnon’s Journey . For some musicians, the instrument was a liberator; for others, it was a savior that spared their lives. For many, the violin provided comfort in mankind’s darkest hour, and, in at least one case, helped avenge murdered family members. Above all, the violins of the Holocaust represented strength and optimism for the future. Wherever there were violins, there was hope.

This event is free, but spaces are limited. To reserve your spot, please go to

In collaboration with the Holocaust and Humanity Center.

Thank you to our partners: Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Mayerson JCC, Empower U, Joseph-Beth Booksellers.